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Shyam Benegal Committee to revise Cinematograph Act & rules

New Delhi: In most countries of the world, there is a mechanism or process of certifying feature films and documentaries. However, it has to be ensured that, in doing so, artistic creativity and freedom do not get stifled or curtailed and the people tasked with the work of certification understand these nuances.

In order to address this concern of the film industry, the government has constituted a committee to be headed by noted filmmaker and director Shyam Benegal to suggest the paradigm for ensuring such a milieu. The recommendations of this Committee are expected to provide a holistic framework and enable those tasked with the work of certification of films to discharge their responsibilities keeping in view this framework.

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During their deliberations, the committee is expected to take note of the best practices in various parts of the world, especially where the film industry is given sufficient and adequate space for creative and aesthetic expression. The committee would recommend broad guidelines and procedures under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act and concomitant rules for the benefit of the chairperson and other members of the screening committee.

The staffing pattern of CBFC would also be looked into in an effort to recommend a framework which would provide efficient and transparent user-friendly services.

The other members of the committee include reputed filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, ad guru Piyush Pandey, film critic Bhawana Somaaya, National Film Development Corporation’s managing director Nina Lath Gupta and  the joint secretary (films) as member-convenor. The committee has been requested to submit their recommendations within two months.

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