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Govt sets up panel to examine issues of film certification

Posted on Feb 05, 03:01PM | UNI

New Delhi, Feb 4 : The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting today set up a panel to examine issues of film certification under the Cinematograph Act 1952.

The move comes following the controversy over Kamal Haasan's film Vishwaroopam whose release was initially banned by the Tamil Nadu Government, though it had been certified by the Central Board of Film Certification for universal release.

The committee would review the mandate and functioning of CBFC and recommend measures including statutory changes to enable CBFC to deal with contemporary requirements of certification and increased transparency and efficiency.

Retired Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul Mudgal has been appointed Chairman of the committee.

The Members of the committee are Ms Sharmila Tagore, former Chairperson, CBFC; Mr Javed Akhtar, renowned music composer, writer and lyricist; Mr Lalit Bhasin, Chairperson, FCAT; CBFC Chairperson Leela Samson; Mr L Suresh, Secretary, South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce and former President, Film Federation of India; Ms Rameeza Hakim, Advocate, Supreme Court of India, and Mr Raghvendra Singh, Joint
Secretary(Films), I and B-Member-Convenor.

The issues the panel would deal with may include the process of certification under the Act and Rules, including the mechanism followed by Examining and Revising Committees; Categories of certification, existing and proposed, under the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2013; Requirement of special categories of certification for the purposes of broadcasting on television channels and radio stations.

The Committee has also been asked to review the mandate and functioning of Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) in order to make it a more efficacious appellate body.

It would also examine the role of Central Government regarding sanctioning of cinematograph films for exhibition under Entry 60, List I of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India vis-Ã -vis Entry 33, List II of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India, an official release said here.

Besides, it would suggest more effective legal remedies and penal provisions in the Act, particularly with reference to making unlawful copies, camcording in cinema halls, interpolation/insertion of clips after certification and such similar issues; and any other issues that the Committee may deem fit to deliberate upon.

The Committee has been asked to its report in two months from the date of its constitution.