I&B Ministry bars beef documentary from Delhi Film Fest


Information and Broadcasting Ministry has rejected a documentary, based on people’s beef eating habits, from being screened at the upcoming Delhi Film Fest.

Film festivals are known for showcasing movies on controversial subjects. But ‘Caste on the Menu Card’ has run into trouble with the government for being allegedly controversial and probably faces a troubled future.

It was the only documentary among the 35 sent to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for clearance, only to be denied exemption for screening, according to Centre for Civil Society.

The film was to be screened on Saturday at the Jeevika Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival 2015 in Delhi.

“Documentaries for public screening require an exemption certificate, which exempts you from having a censor certificate. We sent 35 films, but the information and broadcasting ministry rejected Caste on the Menu Card,” Snigdha Verma, one of the organisers of the festival, said.

The documentary shows the idea of food by focussing on beef-eating practices in Mumbai.

K Sanjay Murthy, joint secretary (Films), I&B, defended the decision to disallow the film’s screening.

“The organisers made the applications very late. As a result of which, there was lack of information about a film dealing with a topic like this. There are some protocols which we have to follow only after which clearances can be given. It is a one-off case where certain doubts have to be cleared before giving a go-ahead,” Murthy said.

The organisers claimed that they had sent all 35 documentaries for clearance to the Films Division this month.