Ka Bodyscapes is a 2016 India / USA gay drama by Jayan Cherian.
Starring Adhithi, Tinto Arayani and Arundhathi.
Three young people, Haris, a gay painter; Vishnu, a rural kabaddi player and
their friend Sia, an activist who refuse to conform to dominant norms of femininity, struggle to find space and happiness in a conservative Indian City.
India's Central Board of Film Classification (CBFC), taking umbrage at what it
decided are vulgar and offensive scenes in it, has banned the Malayalam film Ka Bodyscapes produced and directed by New York-based film-maker Jayan Cherian.
In a rejection letter sent to the maker of the film, A. Prathibha, regional officer
of the CBFC in Thiruvananthapuram, wrote:
The revising committee felt that the entire content of the Malayalam feature film Ka Bodyscapes is ridiculing, insulting and humiliating Hindu religion, in particular
portraying Hindu Gods in poor light. Derogatory words are used against women. The Hindu God 'Hanuman' is shown as coming in the books titled 'I am Gay' and other homosexual books. The film has also references to lady masturbating, highlighting 'gay' by
many 'gay' posters. The film offends human sensibilities by vulgarity, obscenity and depravity.
The CBFC regional office had earlier referred the film, which is woven around a gay love story, to the review committee. It transferred
the review screening to Chennai and postponed it on the eve of the screening scheduled for July 5. Finally, as the maker accused the board of dragging its feet on certifying the film, the review committee watched it on July 15.
Cherian accused the
board of suffering from homophobia:
Their basic attitude towards and idea of same sex love is that it's vulgar and obscene.
He said he will move the High Court of Kerala for relief.