Cut and thrust

Print edition : October 18, 2013

Bajrang Dal activists venting their anger on a poster of Shahrukh Khan's film "My Name is Khan" in Ahmedabad in 2010. Censorship is often sought to be enforced by so-called guardians of culture. Photo: PTI

Muslims protesting the screening of "Vishwaroopam" in Nalgonda, Andhra Pradesh, in January. Photo: Singam Venkataramana

Censorship is not just about a paternal state trying to regulate an “infantile” public. The men with the scissors have played a central role in the making of Indian film history.
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