STRINGS-bound by faith

A Travelouge love story.90min,35mm,1:1.85 aspect ratio,Dolby Digital,Colour,English/Hindi.2006.INDIA.

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Son of a soldier, I was born in Sultanganj in Bhagalpur district, Bihar. My childhood days were spent in an earthy rural life. I was deeply inspired by the rich folk culture of Buddha’s own land, Bihar. Right from the beginning, I Grew up with real images of Melas, Ramleelas, Bahuripiyas, incredible rituals, strong religious milieu and the vibrant Mithila Art. Natural calamities like flood and drought gifted unforgettable images. Changing seasons of rural life on the bank of river Ganga matured into a sense of poetry and language. Wonder years passed chasing steam trains that passed through the fields of my native village. Listening to radio programs made for defense personals was my only window to the outside world. With such a treasure of inspirational experiences a story teller evolved. I am a practicing film maker in Bombay today.

On the name of religion dozens of Hindu hermits in saffron robes angrily burned the CDs and posters of 'Strings'.

Hindu hermits burn the effigy of Sanjay Jha, the director of Bollywood film Strings, during a protest in Allahabad, India, Monday, July 17, 2006.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Kerala - Thiruvananthapuram

Film director calls for dismissal of Censor Board

Staff Reporter
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: T.V. Chandran, film director, has called for the `dismissal' of the Censor Board.

He was speaking after inaugurating a seminar on `Censorship and super censorship,' organised as a part of 11th Trivandrum International Film Festival here, on Sunday.

"Film festivals and seminars are conducted with the intention of encouraging good films. However, the Censor Board has been playing a detrimental role in this," Mr. Chandran alleged.

E.N. Sajith, Censor Board member, highlighted the issue of `super censorship' imposed on films by pressure groups in society after their release.

K. Ramachandran Babu, cinematographer, alleged that politicians were stalling the screening of certain films for "political gains."

Sathyajith Mathippe, director from Sri Lanka, was of the view that the freedom of expression of film makers in the island nation was often curtailed on political and religious grounds.

The director Sanjay Jha, whose film Strings is featured at the festival, said his film had to face `super censorship' from religious leaders in North India. According to him, there should be a discussion on the guidelines required for making a film.


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