Yet, the film was denied the U unrestricted certificate that would allow children of all ages to watch the film in theatres. Despite a series of questionable, even some reprehensible past decisions, the CBFC evidently continues to think of censoring as its primary function, over a more pragmatic regulatory role that focuses on certification. But, why blame the CBFC? The Union government itself seems to have no clarity on how cinematic content is to be regulated. So, the government sought wider consultation to decide how the nuances of issues such as depiction of women, representation of social realities, etc, were to be built into the regulation of cinematic content. The inter-ministerial meetings ended in ; ever since, the Benegal recommendations and re-imagining of film regulation have been in a limbo.

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The Board consists of non-official members and a Chairperson all of whom are appointed by the Union Government and functions with headquarters at Mumbai. The Union Government nominates the Members of the panels by drawing people from different walks of life for a period of two years. The Cinematograph Act lays down that a film shall not be certified if any part of it is against the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or involves defamation or contempt of court or is likely to incite commission of any offence.

A film is judged in its entirety from the point of view of its overall impact and is examined in the light of the period depicted in the film and the contemporary standards of the country and the people to whom the film relates, provided that the film does not deprave the morality of the audience. Guidelines are applied to the titles of the films also.

Skip to main content. Search form Search. Become A Member Log In. Mission : To ensure healthy entertainment, recreation and education to the public. To make the certification process transparent and responsible. To create awareness among advisory panel members, media and film makers about the guidelines for certification and current trend in films through workshops and meetings.

To adopt modern technology for certification process through computerization of certification process and upgradation of infrastructure. Under section 5B 2 the Central Government has issued the following guidelines. Objectives of Film Certification the medium of film remains responsible and sensitive to the values and standards of society; artistic expression and creative freedom are not unduly curbed; certification is responsible to social changes; the medium of film provides clean and healthy entertainment; and as far as possible, the film is of aesthetic value and cinematically of a good standard.

In pursuance of the above objectives, the CBFC shall ensure that anti social activities such as violence are not glorified or justified the modus operandi of criminals, other visuals or words likely to incite the commission of any offence are not depicted; scenes showing involvement of children in violence as victims or perpetrators or as forced witnesses to violence, or showing children as being subjected to any form of child abuse. Films that meet the above — mentioned criteria but are considered unsuitable for exhibition to non-adults shall be certified for exhibition to adult audiences only.

While certifying films for unrestricted public exhibition, the Board shall ensure that the film is suitable for family viewing, that is to say, the film shall be such that all the members of the family including children can view it together.

If the Board having regard to the nature, content and theme of the film, is of the opinion that the exhibition of the film should be restricted to members of any profession or any class of persons, the film shall be certified for public exhibition restricted to the specialized audiences to be specified by the Board in this behalf.

The Board shall scrutinize the titles of the films carefully and ensure that they are not provocative, vulgar, offensive or violative of any of the above-mentioned guidelines.

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Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983, Substitute Rule 36

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