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Super Censorship of Cinema?

Proposed amendments in the Cinematograph Bill, 2021 are a regressive step in many ways.

 

Shilpi Gulati writes:

On 18 June 2021, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) brought out a notice seeking public comments on the new Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill. Giving the stakeholders merely two weeks to respond to the changes in censorship laws in the country, the MIB claimed that the bill will make the process of sanctioning of films for public exhibition more effective and in tune with the changing times. However, a close examination of the proposal suggests otherwise and has spurred a barrage of criticism from producers across different regional industries, film federations, documentary film-makers, academics, lawyers and civil society in general. In its most controversial amendment, the MIB proposes to grant revisionary powers to the union government whereby on receipt of any reference, the latter can direct the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to re-examine a film that has already been approved for public exhibition. In other words, a film duly passed by the CBFC can be re-censored at the will of the union government.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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