CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani to crack down on filmmakers who bypass certification process

The chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Pahlaj Nihalani, has said that the board will take strict action against those filmmakers who, in a rush to undertake the process of film distribution before the release date, send off their films without proper certification. He says that he also has a list of producers who have committed this offence.

Pahlaj Nihalani. Image courtesy Facebook

Pahlaj Nihalani. Image courtesy Facebook

He added that producers have been indulging in this practice to send their films overseas for many years now, resorting to 'purchasing' certificates by offering bribes in amounts as little as Rs 10,000. He says that he ended this practice, but that producers found another way to circumvent the process by either not using a certificate or wrongly using an old one.

"'Wrong certificate' is explained as… inserting an old film’s censor certificate with a new release. Nobody checks the details on the certificate, so producers get away with this duplicity. We have a list of filmmakers who have indulged in this criminal practice. And we tend to initiate the strongest legal action againt anyone, who dispatches films to overseas territories without a proper censor certificate," he said, as quoted by DNA.

Nihalani also spoke about how filmmakers sometimes submit incomplete films, that is, the film may be missing a certain part of the background score or a song or the dubbing may be incomplete. Stating that this practice is against the rules, he mentioned that no content can be added to films after they have been submitted to the CBFC.

Pahlaj Nihalani has, through the course of his career as the CBFC chief, courted several controversies, and the most recent of these involved the upcoming film When Harry Met Sejal, which stars Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. He raised an issue about the filmmakers screening the trailer of the film, which contains the word 'intercourse', on TV channels.

He vowed to allow the word if one lakh votes were obtained from the public in favour of it. When news channel Mirror Now managed to garner the required number of votes and a reporter accosted Nihalani, he simply turned a deaf ear towards her questions, citing her age and the subject matter as being the reasons why he could not speak about the issue.


Published Date: Jul 12, 2017 12:07 pm | Updated Date: Jul 12, 2017 12:07 pm


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