Cen­sor chief slams ‘fest spe­cial­ists’ for sneak­ing in with­out cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sub­hash K Jha

As­cam of sorts has come to light. Or so the Cen­sor Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion claims. It is to do with film­mak­ers tak­ing their work to in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals with­out a proper CBFC cer­tifi­cate.

Board chief Pahlaj Nih­lani (left) has vowed to take ac­tion. “This has been go­ing on for a very long time, unchecked,” he says. “Per­haps ear­lier no ac­tion was taken against pro­duc­ers and di­rec­tors who zipped off to ex­otic lo­ca­tions for in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals with­out a cen­sor [board] cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in pur­suit of in­ter­na­tional fame for In­dian cinema. Let me tell all film­mak­ers who do this: you can’t do this. You can’t take your film to fes­ti­vals with­out cen­sor cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.”

He con­tin­ues, “I know that screen­ings at film fes­ti­vals favour un­cen­sored con­tent. But that’s not al­lowed in In­dia. For any film to be screened on any plat­form and in any for­mat with­out a cen­sor [board] cer­tifi­cate, a film­maker needs spe­cial per­mis­sion from the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion & Broad­cast­ing. We’ve come to know that In­dian film­mak­ers sim­ply sneak off with their films to film fes­ti­vals with­out [ei­ther] a cen­sor cer­tifi­cate or a spe­cial per­mis­sion.”

Nihalani warns there will be “strictest ac­tion” on this.

Don’t pre­sume any longer that it’s cor­rect just be­cause it hasn’t been checked for gen­er­a­tions PAHLAJ NIHALANI, CBFC CHIEF

PHOTO: GANESH LAD/FOTOCORP

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