Malayalam film Abhasam was slated to be released on April 27th, 2018 but had to be pushed due to delay in the censor formalities. Abhasam will now be released on May 4th, 2018 however the makers seem to have some differences with the censor board. According to latest reports, the CBFC had given Abhasam A certification for flashing thighs of actors in the film. The makers protested this statement from the CBFC and said that the film has nothing wrong in it for it to be given an A certificate. Actor Rima Kallingal has lashed out at the censor board for not following the right procedures to censor Abhasam. “If a movie is to be denied censoring, then that film should violate the rules of the CBFC. But here instead the movies are denied censoring for many other reasons. It is appalling that it happens in a democratic country.The censor board initially said that they had a problem with Surajettan exposing his thigh,” Rima Kallingal told OnManorama.
“When I told this to one of my friends she said, ‘So was it ok to flash thighs in Pulimurugan’. It was then the hypocrisy struck me. If an artist cannot criticise what happens in the society through his art, then it means we are not living in a democracy.Now we are facing exactly what we have shown in our movie.” Rima further added.
Speaking about the Censor Board’s call to give an A certificate to Abhasam, Judith, director of Abhasam, had told Manorama Online, “The censor board is adamant in their ideals. There are no violent or sex scenes in the movie for them to give ‘A’ certificate. Aabhasam is a movie which can be enjoyed by the families. The problem lies when someone approaches the movie with prejudices about its title.” Abhasam has been finally given a U/A by the censor board and is slated to be released on May 4, 2018.