Bene­gal panel to give movie-go­ers a voice

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ■ let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Sub­jected for long to the whims and fan­cies of the cen­sor board, film view­ers in In­dia now have an op­por­tu­nity to ex­press what they would like to watch and what not.

An ex­pert com­mit­tee, con­sti­tuted early this month to rec­om­mend broad guide­lines and pro­ce­dures for film cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, has sought to rope in all stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing film-mak­ers, non­govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions and or­di­nary peo­ple in the process.

The six-mem­ber com­mit­tee headed by noted film-maker Shyam Bene­gal has de­cided to wait for the feed­back and study it be­fore mak­ing any rec­om­men­da­tions.

“We are look­ing into all aspects. We will get feed­back from all stake­hold­ers on what should be done. We have sent a ques­tion­naire to the en­tire film in­dus­try and NGOs. We have in­vited pub­lic opin­ion. Once we get the feed­back, we will ap­ply our mind (on what to rec­om­mend in the re­port),” Bene­gal told HT.

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