State Govts should follow CBFC decision to exhibit a film: Tewari
New Delhi, Jan 30 : Amid the controversy generated by Kamal Haasan's latest film 'Vishwaroopam', whose release has been stayed by the Madras High court, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari today said the decision on certifying a film for exhibition is taken by Central Board of Film Certification and that state Governments should implement decisions of the Censor board.
He, however, declined to comment on Kamal Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam' saying the matter was subjudice.
Talking to reporters here, Mr Tewari said,"I think the time has come to re-examine as to how states can be made to implement decisions which fall exclusively in the purview of the central government under the constitutional scheme of things.
In terms of entry 60 of list one, it is the central government which exercises power through Central Board of Film Certification which does certify as to which film is appropriate for exhibition and which is not."
Mr Tewari said once the Censor board decides to certify a film, it is incumbent upon state governments to implement that decision.
Declining comment on 'Vishwaroopam' ban , he said,"since the High court has once again taken the matter within its purview, it would be inappropriate to comment on it."