Shyam Bene­gal to lead cen­sor board re­vamp

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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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