To celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is contemplating a festival in Mumbai to showcase censored movie scenes
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; January 14, 2013)
Often accused of censoring creative content, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is planning to host a three-day event to celebrate this very accusation!
As Indian cinema completes 100 years in 2013, the CBFC wants to host a festival showcasing all the cuts they’ve made to Indian films. The idea, proposed during a recent meeting, was welcomed with gusto. We hear that discussions are being held to make the festival a reality soon.
The idea behind the festival, says a source, is to showcase CBFC’s evolution and to tell the audience how the process of certifying a film has undergone a metamorphosis in the past six decades.
For instance, in the 40s, a kissing scene could get cleared without any hassle, but in the 50s, when guidelines changed, censoring became tighter. In the past couple of years, the process has seen amendment again. It is this evolution that the censor board wants to convey. The body preserves all the cuts it has made (this applies to regional cinema also) and the plan for the centenary celebration is to showcase all of them to the public at large. CBFC CEO Pankaja Thakur confirmed the news.
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