The Central Board of Film Certification commonly known as CBFC is a Legislative body under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in India. The CBFC is responsible for regulating the public exhibition of films under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952.The films can be publicly exhibited in India only after getting the certification by CBFC.
The members of this board are appointed by the Government of India and consist of non-official members and a Chairman. At present the films are certified under 4 categories –
• U – Unrestricted public display
• UA – Parental discretion required for children below 12 years
• A – Only for adults
• S – Restricted to any special class of persons
Recently the quantum of bold content and vulgar scenes in Bollywood films is on the rise with films like Ragini MMS 2 starring Sunny Leone, Koyelaanchal starring Vinod Khanna, Dedh Ishqiya starring Arshad Warsi, Huma Qureshi and Madhuri Dixit. The central board has received a lot of flak from different quarters for clearing the frontal nudity and love making scenes in these movies.
After the backlash and severe criticism, the censor has axed several scenes from the upcoming films. Recently it also passed an order that rather than blurring out offensive images, the scenes will have to be edited out completely. Additionally the order also stated that the beeping of cuss words will be done away with, and as an alternative the scene will go mute in the portion where an expletive is used.
The Censor Board has been forced to delete objectionable scenes as many film makers were not executing its directives. Speaking on the development, the CEO of CBFC, Rakesh Kumar said thatblurring will not be tolerated and if there are abuses in a film, a ‘U’ certificate will only be issued if the objectionable part is completely muted.
The board plans to make more stringent laws and is now taking steps to ensure that violence, ferocity and cruelty against women and children committing crimes does not get highlighted in the films. In order to build trust among the film fraternity and to improve transparency, the censor board will ensure that each of its members will sit for screenings in rotation.
As per the earlier norms only the select members of the board were invited for the screenings, which also led to allegations and charges of CBFC being biased towards certain big banners and production houses. But now all the 150 members will get the chance to cast their vote for a particular film. This step will certainly go a long way in building trust between the film makers and the censor board.