Shyam Benegal to lead censor board revamp
The Centre on Friday constituted a committee headed by acclaimed filmmaker Shyam Benegal to look at a possible revamping of the censor board, facing allegations of stifling artistic freedom under present chairman Pahlaj Nihalani.
The panel has been asked to submit its recommendations within two months on reshaping the censor board, officially known as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
“The recommendations of this committee are expected to provide a holistic framework and enable those tasked with the work of certification of films to discharge their responsibilities keeping in view this framework,” a government statement said.
The move comes in the wake of a number of controversies the board courted after Nihalani took charge last year, and within days of Union minister Arun Jaitley saying the “time has come” to re-look at the board’s functioning.
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