14 June, 2021

The Censure Board Of India

Cinema’s freedoms will see more curbs than less if the draft amendments to the Cinematograph Act take effect

The Censure Board Of India

List Of Objections

  • Why have censorship? Just certify films as age appropriate
  • There should be a distinction between documentary films and feature films
  • The proposed amendments to the Cinematograph Act prohibit private screenings without certification
  • Let documentary films be treated on par with journalism and the Press Council of India certify such films instead of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)
  • Make the CBFC appointments transparent and apolitical


“No DVD of a television programme or a documentary can be screened in any college or university or a cultural centre without a censor certificate. Why? If ideas cannot be debated and shared at such intellectual institutions, where else? Who are the censors trying to insulate from ideas and information, and why?”

—Rakesh Sharma, filmmaker

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