A silver lining: Quotes from the earth

Till very recently, it was taken for granted in India that film festivals were avenues, which encouraged critical voices. Selection committees were appointed on merit and not because of their malleability to the official line. Not anymore, if developments surrounding the Mumbai International Film Festival is anything to go by. Several hard-hitting films have been excluded from the festival for displeasing the ruling edict. But there is a silver lining...

By Kaushik Das Gupta
Published: Sunday 29 February 2004
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