Pahlaj Nihalani announces CBFC will go digital; complains about always being on 'banned-wagon'
The Central Board of Film Certification is going completely digital as soon as it receives a nod from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Now, the film producers will not have to line up at the CBFC office to get their film certified on a priority basis.
In an interview to IANS, CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani confirms that the all the spadework has been completed for the CBFC to go completely online. The producers will no longer have to submit DVDs of their films physically to the CBFC as they will be able to do so online.
However, with this development comes a side-effect that has far reaching implications. The filmmakers will not be allowed to advertise the release dates of their films until they obtain the certificate from the CBFC. "Filmmakers would be free to choose their dates and even announce it in the early stages of their film's development. But once the release approaches, you can't put out advertisements with release dates, until you have the censor certificate in your hands," says Nihalani, in the interview to IANS.
With all these changes in effect, Nihalani does state that he has not been given his due in the capacity of the CBFC chief. He has been trying for a long time to do away with all the paperwork associated with certification and turn the censor body into a digital one. However, he grabs attention for only the wrong reasons.
"Am I going to be allowed to feel anything good? No matter what I do, my friends and well-wishers jump on the bandwagon to pull me down. They think I am constantly on the 'banned-wagon'," says Nihalani, in the interview to IANS.
He was recently criticised for denying certification to Alankrita Shrivastava's film Lipstick Under My Burkha and the Malayalam film on homosexuality, Ka Bodyscapes.