New Delhi: To give a perspective on evolution of censorship in the country, a unique film festival will feature unedited version of movies and scenes that had once created sensation and were clipped by the censor board.

In the year of Bollywood's 100-year anniversary, the 'Cut Uncut film festival' - being organised by Information and Broadcasting Ministry - will screen films, most of which had been rated adult by the censor board, a ministry official said. The film fest aims to demonstrate the open-minded approach of government.

According to a ministry official, “Until recently long kissing scenes, nudity and were all censored. With changing times, we want to have a fresh approach. We want to be more liberal.

Until recently, "long kissing scenes, nudity and visuals depicting acts of rebellion against the government" were all censored, he explained. "With changing times, we want to have a fresh approach. Our aim is to change the old set of censor laws soon," he added.

The film festival will feature unedited versions of films which fell foul of the all-powerful Indian censor board that continues to vet movies before their release. Portrayals of sex, nudity, social unrest and violence can still be kept out of movie halls under India's strict laws that were first drafted in 1952 and later amended in 1983.

The three-day event to be held from April 25 at Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi will screen Anurag Kashyap's 'Gangs of Wasseypur' and Tamil movie 'Subramaniapuram' among others in the section dealing with reel violence and cuss words.

The festival will also screen pre-independence classic 'Karma' (1933) where Devika Rani and Himanshu Rai are shown engaging in a long lip lock. The lip lock in the movie was considered the first kiss in a Bollywood film and was deleted at that time. The movie could be screened that time as the British Film Censor code was followed.

The screenings will be accompanied by discussions on violence, cuss words and sexual content in movies by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) members and other eminent film personalities, officials said.

Yash Chopra's 'Dharmaputra' and Telugu film 'Khadgam' is likely to be screened in 'We, the offended' section, dealing with depiction of communalism and religious identity. The section on adult themes would also contain Malayalam movie 'Rathinirvedam'.

JPN/Agencies

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