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CBFC launches online film certification

June 19
23:32 2011

Leela Samson

MUMBAI: The Central Board of Film Certification promised to bring in more transparency in their operations and usher in a change from film certification to classification process that would enable film makers to reach out to a target audience group. This was stated by the new CBFC Chairperson Leela Samson at an interactive session Samvaad CBFC 2011 organized by CBFC and CII.

“We look forward to move to an atmosphere of complete transparency,” said Leela Samson explaining that applying for classification of a film can soon be initiated online in various regional centers of the country.

Samvaad CBFC 2011 also marked the inauguration of CBFC Online system that would enable producers to apply online for Film Classification Certificate. CBFC is also looking at introducing a new fee structure for documentary films and guidelines which are different from feature films.

The interactive session was attended by leading film makers and representatives of the civil society deliberating on the much needed changes to be adopted in The Cinematograph Bill 2010, which is to be tabled in the coming monsoon session of the Parliament. Majority of the film makers favored self regulation rather than censorship of films by CBFC. They also made it clear that once the film is certified and cleared by CBFC the film should not succumb to external forces in releasing in theatres.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan endorsed the e-governance aspects of CBFC and pointed out that the state government of Maharashtra would work with film fraternity and welcomed CBFCs initiation to sensitize and familiarize regional officers of CBFC for film appreciation of world cinema. He wanted Samvaad to be institutionalized and made it an annual event.

Amit Khanna, Chairman of the CII National Committee of Media and Entertainment pointed out that censor board has to be proactive and needs to have a complete rehaul of the decision making process at CBFC.

Industry veteran Yash Chopra supported Leela Samson’s vision for CBFC and voiced for societal changes to get reflected in the Film Certification process of CBFC.

Rajiv Takru, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, GOI said that the Ministry would consider CBFC chairperson’s view of changing Central Board of Film Certifcation to Indian Board of Film Classification. The changes envisaged in the Cinematograph Bill aims that films be certified according to content so that it is viewed by different age groups or under parental guidance for those age groups rather than censor or cut scenes or insist on certain scenes deleted.

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