Ka Bodyscapes, a movie that explores an intricate level of homosexuality coupled with the pseudo-moralistic attitude of Malayalees towards the issue, has been in the limelight mostly for wrong reasons since its announcement. The movie, which is produced and directed by New York-based filmmaker Jayan Cherian, had to undergo the legal route to make it to the list of movies that could be premiered at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). The film narrates the story of 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.
The movie had to face certification issues from the CBFC after it rejected the film arguing that it contained “sensitive gay scenes, use of derogatory words against women, and vulgar dialogues.” Its regional office in Thiruvananthapuram also came up with the decision that it had to be presented for viewing to a Revising Committee.
Despite certification not being mandatory for the film to be premiered at IFFK, ‘Ka Bodyscapes’ has been refused permission by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) in the light of the negative remarks by the CBFC.