Govt forms panel headed by Shyam Benegal to look into revamp of censor board


| TNN | Jan 1, 2016, 05.17 PM IST

Highlights

• Govt has constituted a panel under director Shyam Benegal to give recommendations for restructuring of censor board

• Information and broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley had recently hinted at the makeover of the board to make it “controversy-free”.

Shyam Benegal to head panel to revamp censor board

01:54Shyam Benegal to head panel to revamp censor boardLoading

NEW DELHI: The information and broadcasting ministry on Friday constituted a panel under director Shyam Benegal to give recommendations for restructuring of censor board and suggesting changes in the Cinematograph act.

Information and broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley had recently hinted at the makeover of the board to make it “controversy-free”.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which is commonly referred to as the censor board, has been mired in controversy since the beginning of the year when Pahlaj Nihalani took charge as chairperson. Not only have several decisions taken by him like introducing a ‘cuss list’ been opposed by fellow board members but the CBFC chief has also upset the ministry when he produced a music video on PM Narendra Modi.
Several filmmakers have complained of arbitrary objections and cuts sought by the board in the recent past, it had got into a controversy at the very beginning of the year when the then chairperson Leela Samson quit along with 13 board members while accusing the government of treating them in a “cavalier and dismissive manner”.

(With inputs from agencies)

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