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Mahesh Bhatt encourages debate on censorship at Elevate 2015

Filmmaker-activist Mahesh Bhatt moderated a lively debate on the topic of censorship with Bollywood stalwarts Amit Khanna, Sudhir Mishra, Bhawana Somaaya, Anu Ranjan and Ketan Mehta making their stand at The Third Eye’s program Elevate 2015, the second annual conclave held at The Club, Mumbai, this week.

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With a discussion on creating synergies between regulatory bodies and industry leaderships, the industry heavyweights mulled on how the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and other regulatory authorities can look ahead in time and create a vision for creative communities; thus empowering audiences.

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Bhatt asked some thought-provoking questions. “Is there a role that the regulators really have to play in the digital age,” he wondered. “Is there a way for content creators to establish a non-confrontational dialogue with the government regulatory bodies?”

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Industry doyen Amit Khanna opined, “In the 21st century, given the way technology has allowed us to interact with each other, there is no role for anything called censorship in the audio-visual media.” Producer-activist Anu Ranjan differed, stating, “Though not a hundred percent, there has to be some kind of regulation for sure.”

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“The censorship is no longer a possibility in any way in today’s digital age. This is the first time in history that such a thing is possible,” marked director Sudhir Mishra. Another director Ketan Mehta was blunt. “Censorship is corrupt and immoral exercise of power,” he said.

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But veteran journalist, author and an ex-member of the CBFC, Bhawana Somaaya pointed out that the Censor Board has a provision where filmmakers have a right to refuse and argue with the objections of the Board in their entirety. She felt that “censorship is being interpreted in a wrong way. It is being misunderstood. There are guidelines for it and they require some modifications.”

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The event’s organizer, The Third Eye, is a partnership between the ‘Asian Centre for Entertainment Education’ (ACEE), India, and ‘Hollywood, Health and Society’ (HH&S), Norman Lear Centre, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. The ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’, among others, funds the program.

Highway, Diya Aur Baati Hum, Udann and Beti project honoured at Elevate 2015

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Imtiaz Ali’s movie Highway, the Star Plus daily soap Diya Aur Baati Hum, Colors social message show Udann and Anu Ranjan’s NGO Beti fighting for the cause of the girl child, were honoured with felicitations at The Third Eye’s program Elevate 2015, the second annual conclave held at The Club, Mumbai, this week.

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In partnership with The Club, the event was marked by panel discussions and felicitations of various network and studio teams, Bollywood film and television writers, producers and directors, whose projects have made a profound impact on audiences.

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Coinciding with the International Women’s Day, Garry Lyons of the University of Leeds, UK, along with activist-filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, presided over the conclave. Ms Vinta Nanda, CEO and managing director, ACEE The Third Eye gave the opening address.

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Prominent speakers including Amit Khanna, Ketan Mehta, Deepa Sahi, Sudhir Mishra, Dr. Sanjiv Badhwar, Sanjay Tripathy, Dr. Nikhil Datar, Anu Ranjan, Suhail Tatari, Dr. Lata Shenava, Bhawana Somaaya and Gajra Kottary.

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Dignitaries at the event included The Club’s Mr Dinesh Khanna, Comall Sunjoy Wadhwaa (of Balika Vadhu fame), Deeya Singh (of Hamari Sister Didi fame), Selvaggia Velo (of River to River; Florence Indian Film Festival in Italy), filmmakers George Mathew, Manish Gupta, Aijaz Khan and designer Salim Asgarally.

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Elevate 2015 was organized as part of The Third Eye program; a free-on-demand resource centre for information on sustainable development, climate change, health, legal and rights issues for filmmakers and creative communities, leading in the business of media and entertainment in India.

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The Third Eye is a partnership between the ‘Asian Centre for Entertainment Education’ (ACEE), India, and ‘Hollywood, Health and Society’ (HH&S), Norman Lear Centre, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. The ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’, among others, funds the program.

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Mahesh Bhatt, Garry Lyons to preside over Elevate 2015

Elevate 2015 to empower creative streaks in Bollywood

Coinciding with the International Women’s Day, Garry Lyons of the University of Leeds, UK, along with activist-filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, will preside over Elevate 2015, the second annual conclave to be held on March 5 at The Club, Mumbai, this week.

The event will be marked by panel discussions, followed by felicitations of various network and studio teams, film and television writers, producers and directors, whose projects have made a profound impact on audiences.

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It is being organized as part of The Third Eye program; a free-on-demand resource centre for information on sustainable development, climate change, health, legal and rights issues for filmmakers and creative communities, leading in the business of media and entertainment in India.

The Third Eye is a partnership between the ‘Asian Centre for Entertainment Education’ (ACEE), India, and ‘Hollywood, Health and Society’ (HH&S), Norman Lear Centre, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. The ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’, among others, funds the program.

In partnership with The Club, Mumbai; Elevate 2015 shares its association with the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Alongside acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter Mahesh Bhatt, the event’s accompanying moderator Garry Lyons, is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and producer. He is the director of impact and innovation at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at Leeds.

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Two sets of panel discussions will be held between a stellar list of stalwarts from Bollywood, including experts and activists at the conclave. Topics include the creation of content, and how audiences, primarily women, can be empowered through the process.

There will be further discussions about how the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in India, and other regulatory authorities, can look ahead in time and formulate a vision for creative communities; thus empowering audiences.