24 July, 2021

Sharmila Tagore

The new chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification clears the air about a CAG report that she got Rs 2 lakh for the renovation of her MP house.

Sharmila Tagore
Why did the cag take up issue with you now?
There is a misunderstanding. I have spoken to him and he is getting the papers to settle the issue.

What is the truth?
I am an ActionAid India ambassador and got funds from Digvijay Singh (former MP CM) for the Gujarat victims' relief in my name. I returned it and the cheque was reissued in ActionAid's name.

How did ActionAid India use it?
They built rain-proof shelters in Gujarat camps, which I visited. The fund was received two years ago.

Does your appointment as CBFC chief have anything to do with the issue resurfacing?
I too wonder. It's better to take things at face-value.

You took over when the CBFC chair was a hotbed of controversies. Was it difficult?
I took the decision knowing the limitations, considering that censorship may not be there soon.

What will be the CBFC's role in this context?
It is guided by a parliamentary decision and until it changes, it should interpret the guidelines in today's context.

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