Censor board to announce more film categories

08 Nov 2016 | Written by Gaurav ; Edited by Vaneet Randhawa
Censor Board: To be shaken and stirred!

The CBFC has agreed to implement the Benegal Committee's recommendations and introduce more film categories, in an attempt to stop the contention over cutting explicit scenes from movies.

The recommendation will be forwarded to the Information and Broadcast Ministry who will have to amend the Cinematograph act.

However, the move will mean the censor board has lesser powers in issuing certificates for films.

In context: Censor Board: To be shaken and stirred!

2015Pahlaj Nihalani: Controversy in the making

After Pahlaj Nihalani took over as the Censor Board's head, he introduced 'diktats' that didn't seem to sit well either with the people or the film fraternity.

He began his tenure by announcing that certain 'cuss words' would not be tolerated.

However, the last straw was the cutting scenes from the James Bond movie- Spectre so that it did not outrage Indian 'sanskars' sensibility.

'Bombay' amongst censored words!

In February 2015, a list of banned words started doing the rounds on the internet. The list had many contentious words, including “Bombay”, leaving the Censor Board red-faced.
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20 Nov 2015Pahlaj Nihalani faces revolt from within

Members of the censor board plan to take their dissent against chief Pahlaj Nihalani to PM Narendra Modi and the then I&B minister Arun Jaitley.

Members of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) have shown concern at Nihalani's singular decision-making manner and nonchalant attitude.

Board members said arbitrary cuts were being made and decisions being taken without taking the Board into confidence.

Movies that were slaughtered at Censor Board's hands

The movies that suffered at the whims of the Censor Board included 'Unfreedom' by Raj Amit Kumar (a film based on homosexual relationships), 'Angry Indian Goddesses' by Pan Nalin and 'Spectre'.

1 Jan 2016Shyam Benegal will spearhead censor-board revamp panel

The I&B ministry formed a panel under director Shyam Benegal to give recommendations for restructuring of the censor board.

The panel, which would proffer its report in 2 months, includes ad-man Piyush Pandey, filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and film critic Bhawana Somaaya.

The Ministry said that the panel had been formed "in sync with the vision" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

15 Jan 2016Kamal Hassan joins the Benegal Panel

The Shyam Benegal Committee set up to revamp the CBFC welcomed actor-director Kamal Haasan and filmmaker Gautam Ghosh on board.

The belief behind the expansion was that more regions of the country should be given representation on the panel.

The committee is expected to provide a comprehensive framework for the interpretations of the Cinematograph Act and rules benefiting the chairperson and members both.

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26 Apr 2016Important recommendations by the Benegal Committee

The Benegal Panel, in its recommendations to the I&B Ministry, urged weightage on the certification of films, and not censorship.

The committee recommended that every film-maker applying for certification deposit the Director's Cut, not the certified version at the National Film Archives of India, Pune.

This move will assure the durability of the filmmaker's vision in history, despite of the audience not seeing it.

08 Nov 2016Censor board to announce more film categories

24 Mar 2017Hanuman Chalisa muted in Phillauri?

Reports indicated that the censor board asked the makers of Phillauri to add a disclaimer at the start of the film stating that 'do not believe in the superstitions'.

Other reports added that the makers were asked to mute the Hanuman Chalisa in a particular scene.

About the Hanuman Chalisa report however, CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani clarified that "This is not true."