Censor Board Powers Likely To Be Curtailed! Know All About It

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| July 18 , 2017 , 10:35 IST

The Central Board of Film Certification, commonly known as the censor board, is notorious for mandating cuts to films before clearing them for release, but may soon face a curtailment of its powers.

According to a draft bill aimed at amending the Cinematography Act, the censor board will no longer be able to force filmmakers to modify or delete the content of their works. Instead, based on the content the board would award a certification. If filmmakers are interested in making the movie more suitable for a universal certification, they can then make changes as they see fit, before submitting again to the censor board.

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A panel headed by renowned filmmaker Shyam Benegal set up by the government “suggest a holistic framework for certification of films and recommend a framework that would provide efficient and transparent user-friendly services” made the suggestions for modifying the censor board's powers. The Benegal committee also suggested adding more certification categories, such as UA 12+, UA 15+ and adult-with-caution.

Currently, the censor board functions as an autonomous body under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and certifies films on the basis of content, calling for modifications to the movie as required.

Although the board has multiple faced controversies over the cuts it has demanded, since former director Pahlaj Nihalani was appointed its chief in January 2015 the number of controversies has increased. Most recently, the board has asked Madhur Bhandarkar to make 12 cuts in his film Indu Sarkar which is based on the Emergency declared in India by Indira Gandhi. A documentary on Nobel laureate Amartya Sen was also stalled for release in India as the board demanded words like 'cow' and 'Gujarat' be removed.