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20 Jan 2023


Hindu seer sets up 'Dharma Censor Board' for 'anti-religious' content

With the view to keep a track of the "anti-religious" content in films, web series, and documentaries, a 10-member Dharma Censor Board has been constituted by prominent Hindu seer Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati.

12 Jul 2022


'Kaduva': Objectionable dialogues removed, new version will be out soon

Malayalam actor Prithviraj Sukumaran said on Monday that a few "objectionable dialogues" have been removed from his recently released Mollywood film Kaduva.

30 Jun 2021


Over 1,400 filmmakers-actors sign letter protesting proposed Cinematograph Act amendments

In a major change to the censorship laws over entertainment endeavors in the country, the Indian government will be able to review any movie, even after it has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

04 Nov 2020

Joaquin Phoenix

No 'Joker' on Indian TV "since the movie glorifies violence"

Path-breaking DC movie Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, will not be screened on Indian satellite TV channels.

18 Aug 2020

Karan Johar

Gunjan Saxena's batchmate says Dharma Productions distorted facts

Retired Flight Lieutenant Sreevidya Rajan has accused the makers of Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, a biopic on former Indian Air Force officer Gunjan Saxena, of distorting facts and portraying the IAF in a negative light.

13 Aug 2020

Karan Johar

'Gunjan Saxena': IAF writes to Censor Board over negative portrayal

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has written to film certification body Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), thereby objecting to its alleged negative portrayal in the biographical film Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl.

15 Dec 2019

Delhi High Court

Petition filed against Ajay Devgn's 'Tanhaji' in Delhi High Court

Barely days after massive protests were carried out against period drama movie Panipat, another history-based film Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior has landed into a legal soup, over alleged distortion of history.

11 Dec 2019


Jaipur theaters stop screening 'Panipat', after protests by Jat groups

Following massive protests in parts of Rajasthan over the film's content, several theaters in state capital Jaipur have now stopped screening of Ashutosh Gowariker's period drama movie Panipat, upon orders of the state government.

08 Sep 2019


Punjab: CM Amarinder Singh bans controversial TV serial, amid protests

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh issued an order on Sunday, immediately banning the telecast of controversial TV serial Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush.

03 Jul 2019


Teenagers are watching 'Kabir Singh' and Aadhaar is to blame

Adding to the controversy surrounding Sandeep Reddy Vanga's Kabir Singh, teenagers in Jaipur have made fake IDs to get into screenings of the A-rated film.

08 Apr 2019


SC refuses to give Modi biopic's copy to Congress' activist

The Supreme Court on Monday said it cannot pass an order on the release of PM Narendra Modi, a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi starring Vivek Oberoi, as the movie is yet to be certified by the Censor Board.

25 Jan 2019


After being offered front-row seats, 'Thackeray' director leaves premiere hall

Controversy erupted on Thursday during the movie screening of Thackeray in Mumbai after director Abhijit Panse and his family were asked to sit in the front row.

28 Nov 2018


Alexa beeps out 'C**d' from 'Abhi Na Jao Chhod kar'

Alexa, Amazon's very own digital assistant, has been garnering a lot of love and appreciation in India lately.

05 Nov 2018

Bombay High Court

Nihalani, famous for chopping scenes, approaches HC against Censor Board

There was a time when former Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani was known to be at loggerheads with filmmakers for chopping scenes.

27 Sep 2018


Salman gets relief, SC says no coercive action against 'Loveyatri'

The Supreme Court today directed that no coercive action is to be taken in any part of India against Salman Khan Ventures Pvt Ltd, the producer of upcoming movie 'Loveyatri'.

23 Sep 2018


'Manmarziyaan': Kashyap isn't but Abhishek is fine with scene deletion

'Manmarziyaan' actor Abhishek Bachchan has found himself on the opposite side of the battle line from director Anurag Kashyap, as he has supported the chopping of the smoking scenes from the movie.

20 Sep 2018


'Manmarziyaan': Miffed Anurag slams production house for deleting 'objectionable' scenes

Anurag Kashyap, whose voice on pressing issues can't (and shouldn't) be silenced, has expressed discontent over the treatment meted to his directorial venture 'Manmarziyaan'.

20 Sep 2018

Salman Khan

'Loveratri' to 'Loveyatri', but Hindu-outfit still displeased with Salman's production

Aayush Sharma's debut movie 'Loveyatri' has become controversy's favorite child.

12 Aug 2018


Actors smoking on-screen to convey anti-smoking message through short films

The government is looking into suggestions by a panel that short films could be made to convey an anti-smoking message to viewers by the "same actor who is depicted as smoking on screen", Anurag Srivastava, the CEO of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), said.

21 Jul 2018


5 Indian films which got banned by the Censor Board

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) takes the onus of clearing and certifying films in India.

19 Apr 2018


Now, Rajkummar Rao starrer 'Omerta' to release on May 4

The release of Rajkummar Rao-starrer "Omerta" has been postponed to May 4 as the clearance from the Censor Board on the film came in recently.

27 Jan 2018


Padmaavat-row: Censor board's Prasoon Joshi won't attend Jaipur Literature Festival

The self-proclaimed protectors of Hindu culture and tradition have done it again. Their latest victim is Censor Board chief, Prasoon Joshi. He won't be attending the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) after Rajput organization Karni Sena threatened to create a ruckus.

09 Jan 2018


Anurag Kashyap thanks CBFC and Smriti Irani for 'Mukkabaaz'

As Anurag Kashyap's directorial 'Mukkabaaz' got a U/A certificate from the CBFC, he said he is grateful to censor board chief Prasoon Joshi for a "reasonable, rational and empowering experience".

30 Dec 2017


Padmavati gets U/A certificate from censor board, may change title

Despite furious protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus, Padmavati, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has granted a U/A (parental guidance) certificate to the film.

23 Dec 2017

Shiv Sena

After 'Padmavati', now 'Tiger Zinda Hai' sees violent protests

After 'Padmavati', Rajasthan is now the hotbed for protests against Salman Khan-starrer 'Tiger Zinda Hai'.

23 Dec 2017


Padmavati: Censor Board seeks help from royal family for certification

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has invited Mewar royal family to assist it in certifying Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial period drama 'Padmavati'.

28 Nov 2017


S Durga not screened at IFFI, CBFC demands re-submission

Marked as controversial by the I&B ministry, 'S Durga' will not be screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which will end today, despite repeated requests from the jury members.

28 Nov 2017


SC dismisses plea seeking stay on Padmavati's release outside India

The SC has dismissed a second plea against 'Padmavati', which had sought a stay on its release outside India.

23 Nov 2017


As India fights over 'Padmavati', UK clears it for release

After India heckled, booed and threatened it, 'Padmavati' has now been cleared for release in the UK.

20 Nov 2017


Here's all you need to know about the Censor Board

The on-going row over the delayed release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama 'Padmavati' has once again brought to focus the power of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

13 Oct 2017


'An Insignificant Man', documentary on Kejriwal, releases on Nov 17

'An Insignificant Man', a documentary on AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, will hit theatres on November 17.

11 Oct 2017


Anupam Kher appointed new FTII chairman

Actor Anupam Kher has been appointed the new chairman of Pune's Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

13 Sep 2017


Bhojpuri cinema: From wholesome family entertainment to soft porn

Bhojpuri movies have lately been associated with double meaning titles, actresses showing too much skin and raunchy dialogues.

12 Sep 2017


Pahlaj Nihalani's 'Julie 2' cleared without cuts!

The Censor Board's verdict on Pahlaj Nihalani's 'Julie 2' is out. Surprisingly, sources say it has been cleared without any cut!

04 Sep 2017


'Sanskari' Pahlaj Nihalani presents adult movie 'Julie 2'. What!

You read that right. The former Censor Board chief who stayed in news only for his extreme standards of "sanskar" is now shedding the image he portrayed for 2.5 years.

23 Aug 2017


Report: First film under Prasoon Joshi denied certificate

Only days after taking over as the Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Prasoon Joshi banned the first film that came for certification under his leadership.

12 Aug 2017


CBFC head Prasoon Joshi and his long relations with BJP

The Indian film industry seems to be quite relieved with adman-writer-lyricist-poet Prasoon Joshi replacing Pahlaj Nihalani as the Chairman of Central Bureau of Film Certification.

11 Aug 2017


Pahlaj Nihalani sacked as CBFC Chief, Prasoon Joshi replaces him

Pahlaj Nihalani has been sacked from his post as the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification.

03 Aug 2017


CBFC can now shame women for their dressing style too!

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has been embroiled in controversies over censor-cuts and certifications in recent times, especially after Pahlaj Nihalani was appointed its Director in 2015.

13 Jul 2017


New Cinematograph Act to let government take over Censor Board

The Draft Bill for the new Cinematograph Act is out and looks like the government will now be able to "take over the certification body under special circumstances".