FILM IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF COMMERCIAL ART: SATYAJIT RAY
Despite CBFC approval, State of West Bengal & Kolkata Police obstructed Director, Anik Datta’s ‘Future Ghosts’, from being exhibited. The film was duly released in Kolkata on 15.02.2019. By the evening of 16.02.2019, without any communication from the exhibitors, the film was abruptly and suddenly taken off most cinema halls. Today the film is off all the screens in Kolkata that are under the jurisdiction of Kolkata Police. Tickets are available online only at Jayanti Cinema, Barrackpore. Anik Datta had previously directed, the outstandingly successful film, ‘Ghost’s Future’ and had popularized the genre.
Supreme Court has ordered State of West Bengal to ensure screening of ‘Future Ghosts’ without obstruction or restraint of any kind whatsoever [Indibily Creative Pvt. Ltd. v. Govt. of West Bengal, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 306 of 2019]. Wait and watch.
“Dr. Singhvi has placed a chart indicating that the film is presently running in ten theaters. Dr. Singhvi, on instructions which have been received by him, makes a specific statement that neither has the film been banned nor has recourse been taken to the powers contained in Section 6 of The West Bengal Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1954 or Section 13 of The Cinematograph Act, 1952.
The chart which has been placed on the record by Dr. Singhvi indicates that all the theaters where the film is being screened are situated outside Kolkata.
We direct the Principal Secretary, Department of Home, Government of West Bengal and the Director General of Police to immediately issue communications to all the theaters where film was being originally screened intimating them that there is no ban on the screening of the film, and that the State shall take necessary steps for protecting the properties of the theater owners and the safety of the members of the public who wish to view the film.”
– Hon’ble Justice Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud, Indibily Creative Pvt. Ltd. v. Govt. of West Bengal, [Writ Petition (Civil) No. 306 of 2019].
Tickets are available online only at Jayanti Cinema, Barrackpore; Jaya Cinemas, Barasat and Jaya Cinema, Lake Town.
I had personally visited Inox, City Centre Mall, Salt Lake for enquiries. Ticket Counter Officials stated humbly that considering new movies that have released there is not much reason to release Anik Datta’s ‘Future Ghosts’; that, it shall presumably occasion differences that theaters are not keen to support even if Kolkata Police ensures safety in manners achievable.
Tickets are available online at several cinema halls. Hon’ble Justice Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud quoted Gautam Bhatia [Rhodes Scholar]; ordered, “Petitioners have suffered a violation of their fundamental right to free speech and expression and of their right to pursue a lawful business; Respondents to pay to the Petitioners: Rupees Twenty Lakhs [Rs. 20,00,000/-].”
Hon’ble Justice Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud noted that Bhobishyoter Bhoot [‘Future Ghosts’] has been “shortlisted in 2018 for the ARFF International, Barcelona Jury Award.”