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A Peek into the Central Board for Film Certification

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This post was first published on 2nd September, 2014.   What is the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)? The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, regulating public exhibition of films under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952. Films can be publicly exhibited in India only after they have been certified by the CBFC. What is its constitution? The Board consists of non-official members and a Chairman (all of whom are appointed by the Central Government) and functions with its headquarters at Mumbai. Leela Samson is the present Chairman of the CFBC. It has...

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Padmavati and Film Censorship: Fiction is Fact; Fact is Fiction!

Padmavati, the film based on Rani Padmini, has been the subject of controversy for a long time now. Though the revered queen's very existence is in question, members of the Rajput community, led by Karni Sena, started a protest against the film stating that the film defames their divine queen. Politicians quickly jumped onto the protest wagon, and voices for and against the Padmavati are now numerous. None of them have seen the film so far, but strongly believe that it distorts historical facts and defames the respected Rajput Queen. The going was tough for the film producer and director, Sanjay...

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Film Expression and Censorship in India: Intelligent, Informed Spectator standard (Part 5)

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  Continued from Part 4, read part 4 by clicking here. Any concerns with respect to the content of films after certification may be addressed using the well accepted contemporary social standards test.[12] In other words, a film's contents must be assessed based on today's social context, norms and standards. The test must therefore assess a film from the stand point of today's spectator, and not a spectator of the last century. Intelligent, Informed Spectator The contemporary spectator, whose disposition is fast changing is an Intelligent, Informed Spectator with a Circumspect Mind. Unlike earlier, she/he is not an Innocent Spectator with a Gullible Mind, who...

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Review Committee Reports, Benegal Committee report, Mudgal Committee report, Censorship Model (Part 4)

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  Continued from Part 3, read part 3 by clicking here.   Review Committee Reports The Benegal Committee and the Mudgal Committee constituted in 2016 and 2013 were tasked with the job of making recommendations for the process of film certification in India, Uniform, Non-Discriminatory and Non-Discretionary among others.[11] Though both the reports agree that the existing system of film certification is fraught with subjectivity, they diverge in their recommendations for making it objective. While the Mudgal Committee, in line with its mandate, recommends making the certification mechanism objective and transparent by amendments to principles and changes in the process, the Benegal Committee recommends  a...

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Film Expression and Censorship in India: An Introduction (Part 1)

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  Expression in the form of films is unique and special in many ways. Films merge life-like moving pictures, sounds, and other effects to tell a story, or send a message unlike any other form of expression. When the film is shown to a captive audience in a closed, dark environment, with the aid of advanced technology, its impact is heightened substantially. It is believed that one does not experience the same euphoria, emotion and engagement if the same film is seen on a television or computer at home. The impact of the film is therefore presumed to be higher when...

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Udta Punjab and Online Piracy of Bollywood Movies

  Udta Punjab, the recently released bollywood movie on substance abuse prevalent in Punjab has been mired in controversy from the beginning. Earlier, when the movie had commenced its shooting,the production unit faced trouble for not taking mandatory permission from the district administration and police authorities of Amritsar. However, recently the movie drew attention due to its certification and censorship by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) which became the bone of contention between the producers and the CBFC. In order to make sure that the movie gets released on time, the producers led by Anurag Kashyap went to the...

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