R. Narayana Murthy’s film Annadatha Sukhibhava has finally been cleared by the Regional Censor Board.
The movie touches upon farmer suicides, demonetisation, and businessmen’s ability to evade the repayment of loans. It was pending clearance because the Board had objected to a few scenes in it. Murthy argued that without those scenes, the film would have nothing to offer.
“I applied to a revising committee, and now, my film has been cleared. I have Jeevitha, the chairperson of the Board, and censor officer Rajasekhar to thank for this,” says Murthy. He is also grateful to the intellectuals and members of left-wing parties who voiced their opinions in favour of the film’s release.
The director plans to release his film on June 1. “Farmers all over the country are planning to organise a non-cooperation movement from June 1 to June 10, to protest the government’s anti-farmer policies. They will stop supplying milk and vegetables to all cities. Since my film is based on the suffering of farmers, that will be the right time to release it,” he says.
Murthy says that every political party, before an election, promises to uplift farmers, and then completely forgets about them after coming to power....