The CBFC has cleared a film based on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejiriwal, titled An Insignificant Man. However, the CBFC has also asked the makers to obtain No Objection Certificates from all those portrayed in the film, including Kejiriwal himself. According to CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani, this is standard procedure.
According to a Bollywood Hungama report, sources in the CBFC said that the film is “potentially damaging” to Arvind Kejiriwal’s image as well as that of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). “It has extensive footage of behind-the-scenes working and manoeuverings in the AAP and Kejriwal is not shown in a very authoritative light. On the contrary he comes across as someone who is constantly uncertain and needs to be advised minutely on every move. It’s surprising that Kejriwal and the AAP opened the doors of their party functioning to a film that basically demolishes the Party and its leader’s image,” says the source source.
Nihalani also confirmed the reports, “Yes, we’ve asked the makers of this documentary to furnish NOCs from the people whom they’ve documented. This is standard procedure. Prior to this when a film on the Prime Minister entitled Modi Ka Gaon was brought to us we asked for an NOC from the PM’s office.”
The film is 95 minutes long and took almost four years to complete. Directed by first-time filmmakers Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, the project came into existence when they decided to shoot the beginnings of the AAP, on a whim.
In an interview with Huffingtonpost India, Ranka said, “Right in the beginning, we laid down two conditions: one, that they would give us a lot of access, including allowing high-level meetings to be filmed and two, that we’d share our footage with them, but what we’d do with it would be at our discretion.”