Filmmakers protest deferring of Hussain film

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Panaji, Nov 25 (UNI) Filmmakers today condemned the deferring of MF Hussain's documentary "Through the Eyes of a Painter", which was taken out of the screening because of protests from some Hindu organisations.

Veteran filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan told UNI that this was not a nice practice and it should not have been cancelled at any situation.

There was nothing controversial in the 40-year-old documentary of Hussain. Just in the name of politics, some people are making it miserable for filmmakers, he said.

Noted Malayalam director Lenin Rajendran said that it was an uncivilised response from the part of those who opposed the screening. "How can Hussain's film be deferred citing security threat. It seems that the government is not deciding but it is the religious organisations who are dictating terms," he said.

Hussain's documentary "Through the Eyes of a Painter' was to be screened today as part of the Films Divisions' Framing Time section.

The documentary was deferred after some organisations in Goa sent a letter to Goa Chief Minister against its screening and threatened to stage demonstrations at the venue. The Films Division had decided to defer the screening after Goa CM's request to stop the screening.

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