Union Information & Broadcasting Minister upset with the CBFC over nod to the Hollywood film Oppenheimer

  • The recent approval of the film “Oppenheimer” by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which includes the recital of a spiritual verse during intimate scenes, has sparked controversy.
About the CBFC:
  • It is a statutory body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B), tasked with regulating the public exhibition of films under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952.
  • Prior Approval: Films can be shown in India only after they have been certified by the Board.
  • Board Members: The Board consists of members and a Chair-person (all of whom are appointed by Central Government) and functions with headquarters at Mumbai. The chairperson and board members serve for three years. 
What is the film certification process?
  • Examining Committee: After receiving all of the film’s materials, requisite fees and other matters required under the rules, the regional officer forms an Examining Committee to view the film.
  • Certification process: The Certification process is in accordance with The Cinematograph Act, 1952, The Cinematograph (certification) Rules, 1983, and the guidelines issued by the Central government under section 5 (B).
News Source: Indian Express 

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