Govt Forms Committee to Revamp Censor Board, Shyam Benegal to Lead
The government has begun forming a committee that will look into revamping of the censor board. Noted filmmaker Shyam Benegal will head the team. The committee is expected to give suggestions for changes in the Cinematographers Act.
The committee, formed upon Prime Minister Modi’s intervention has been constituted for “holistic interpretation” of the provisions of the Cinematograph Act/Rules, an official statement said.
The other members of the committee include filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, ad guru Piyush Pandey, veteran film journalist Bhawana Somaaya, National Film Development Corporation managing director Nina Lath Gupta, and the joint secretary (Films) in the I&B Ministry as the Member Convenor.
The committee has been asked to submit its recommendations within two months.
The news comes just days after Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley said that “the time has come to have a look at the role of the certification board... (it needs to be controversy-free”.
The newly-appointed team would be expected to take note of the best practices in various parts of the world. The team will focus on areas where the film industry is given sufficient and adequate space for creative and aesthetic expression. The committee would recommend broad guidelines and procedures under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act/Rules.
The staffing pattern of CBFC, currently chaired by filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani, would also be looked into.
Speaking with the media on Friday, Benegal said he was approached by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to be a part of the committee and he gladly accepted the invitation. But he clarified that he is not yet clear about the agenda of the committee and hence cannot divulge any more details.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has had a year mired in controversies ever since Pahlaj Nihalani was appointed its chief.
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