After serious edits (namely the country name), the play Pusswedilla 3 is being allowed to run. The reason the censor board, uh, censored it in the first place? According to Director Feroze Kamardeen:
“The local censor board has unanimously voted to deny a Public Performance License for Pusswedilla Part 3. Reasons given are that it deals with Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Politicians and institutions… Nice to know that we live in a country where our freedoms are still respected…”
How did they get around the censor board? By renaming the country Arsik.
So, the Censor Board looks like they will relent but only after a huge change had to be done in the script of Puss 3.. His Glorious Honourable Excellency Chaminda Pusswedilla is now the Lokka of ARSIK LAND…The Censor Board don’t like any mention of our beloved homeland.. So, everyone, WELCOME TO ARSIK LAND!!!
Madness. Sri Lanka and its politics should certainly be dealt with by theatre. The fact that the censor board is censoring plays for this is dumb, and I don’t think we need to have a censor board at all. Welcome to Arsik Land.