Tightening the noose? B-Town reacts as Censor Board introduces new rules

NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) plans to make more stringent laws, thanks to some ‘cheating’ filmmakers. The industry reacts sharply

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has decided to delete partially objectionable scenes rather than blur them, as many filmmakers are not implementing them even after their directives. A scene in The Xpose, featuring Sonali Raut, had a direct reference to the controversial film Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) which featured Zeenat Aman in a similar attire. However, the Censor Board passed the scene without cuts.

CBFC has also stated in its communication addressed to film bodies that it will now mute objectionable dialogues as opposed to beeping them out. On Monday, producers’ associations shared this notification with their members.
Vikas Mohan, senior vice president of the Indian Film and Television Producers Council, says, `We have informed our members that due to non-compliance of suggestions by many filmmakers, the CBFC has stopped the practice of blurring objectionable visuals from now on.

The makers of ‘Ek Villain’ were told by the Censor Board to mute an offensive word and get their film passed with seven cuts

It means that if CBFC partially objects to a scene or part of a visual in a scene, it will no more be blurred but will be edited out completely.”
It maybe recalled here that the Censor Board had asked the makers of Dedh Ishqiya to blur out Arshad Warsi in a brothel scene, but it later found out that its instructions were not being implemented. A similar thing happened with Himesh Reshammiya’s production, The Xpose as well.