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CBFC issues show-cause notice to Pratik Gandhi’s ‘Bhavai’ for flouting certification rules
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CBFC issues show-cause notice to Pratik Gandhi’s ‘Bhavai’ for flouting certification rules

The musical drama, about the popular folk theatre form from Gujarat, was earlier titled “Raavan Leela”. It is directed by Hardik Gajjar and backed by Pen Studios

UIDAI demands 28 cuts in Vineet Kumar Singh's Aadhaar; director says CBFC had cleared film in 2019
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UIDAI demands 28 cuts in Vineet Kumar Singh's Aadhaar; director says CBFC had cleared film in 2019

Aadhaar was gearing up for a release earlier this year when it was abruptly 'pulled out' a week before its opening, said director Suman Ghosh.

OTT regulation to Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill presents multiple challenges for new I&B Minister Anurag Thakur
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OTT regulation to Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill presents multiple challenges for new I&B Minister Anurag Thakur

Anurag Thakur has taken charge of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry at a turbulent time when Indian cinema is grappling with revival of a pandemic-struck exhibition sector, streaming platforms regulation, and proposed amendments to the act that governs censorship, film certification, and piracy.

Recalling a certified film is 'dangerous, meaningless': Anand Patwardhan opposes amendments to Cinematograph Act
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Recalling a certified film is 'dangerous, meaningless': Anand Patwardhan opposes amendments to Cinematograph Act

Patwardhan said those in the film industry should unite and challenge the proposed amendments in the court of law.

MK Stalin opposes amendments to Cinematograph Act: Imposing conditions on film fraternity totally unjustified
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MK Stalin opposes amendments to Cinematograph Act: Imposing conditions on film fraternity totally unjustified

''The draft bill has given rise to serious apprehensions not only in the minds of the film fraternity and film industry but also among all well-meaning sections of the society that cherish freedom of expression,'' said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin.

'The govt has no role to play in film certification': Shyam Benegal speaks about proposed changes to Cinematograph Act
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'The govt has no role to play in film certification': Shyam Benegal speaks about proposed changes to Cinematograph Act

Shyam Benegal said filmmakers' concerns over the Centre's proposal to amend the Cinematograph Act are "natural".

Explained: Why film industry is rallying against proposed amendments to Cinematograph Act
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Explained: Why film industry is rallying against proposed amendments to Cinematograph Act

The I&B Ministry had sought suggestions for Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2021 by 2 July. A letter with 3,000 signatories from the Indian film industry has opposed the proposed amendments.

As Delhi Belly completes a decade, a look at Abhinay Deo's love letter to the bustling Indian capital
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As Delhi Belly completes a decade, a look at Abhinay Deo's love letter to the bustling Indian capital

Delhi Belly was a cinematic equivalent of a rebellious-yet-intelligent angsty teen who had some major issues to resolve after years of tamed Bollywood dramedies and rom-coms.

FCAT abolition will make releasing films even more tedious: Filmmakers react to scrapping of censorship appeals body
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FCAT abolition will make releasing films even more tedious: Filmmakers react to scrapping of censorship appeals body

"At least when FCAT was there, a filmmaker felt heard," says Alankrita Shrivastava, whose Lipstick Under My Burkha released only when the Tribunal cleared the release post a CBFC hurdle.

Overburdened High Courts, delayed film releases: An explainer on what abolition of FCAT may lead to
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Overburdened High Courts, delayed film releases: An explainer on what abolition of FCAT may lead to

"High Courts would be flooded with cases arising out of orders/actions of the CBFC, and keeping in view the huge pendency of cases, the release of the films would be inordinately delayed.”

Film Certification Appellate Tribunal abolished; filmmakers to now directly approach High Court
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Film Certification Appellate Tribunal abolished; filmmakers to now directly approach High Court

Filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj, Hansal Mehta, and Guneet Monga, along with actress Richa Chadha, were the first to criticise the abolition of FCAT.

Akshay Kumar's Laxmmi Bomb renamed to Laxmii following complaints of 'derogatory' title by Hindu outfits
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Akshay Kumar's Laxmmi Bomb renamed to Laxmii following complaints of 'derogatory' title by Hindu outfits

The Hindu outfits had reportedly alleged that the makers were “deliberately” using the title Laxmmi Bomb with the intention of lowering the “dignity” and to “disrespect” the Hindu goddess.

How Ministry of Defence's demand to vet films on Army comes as yet another blow to hopes of reforms at CBFC
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How Ministry of Defence's demand to vet films on Army comes as yet another blow to hopes of reforms at CBFC

A recurrent demand of the fraternity has been to contain CBFC’s role to certification and categorisation of films based on target audience and demography, as is the practice in mature democracies, shedding the paternalistic approach to censoring and seeking amendments in films.

IAF writes letter to CBFC objecting to certain scenes in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
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IAF writes letter to CBFC objecting to certain scenes in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is based on the life of IAF officer Gunjan Saxena who became the first woman pilot to take part in the 1999 Kargil war.

Swara Bhaskar claims Prasoon Joshi must've 'misunderstood' scene from her show Rasbhari after CBFC chief's criticism
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Swara Bhaskar claims Prasoon Joshi must've 'misunderstood' scene from her show Rasbhari after CBFC chief's criticism

Prasoon Joshi said he is 'saddened' with the 'irresponsible content' of Rasbhari, stating creators should rethink 'freedom of expression.'

Ayushmann Khurrana on Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan: 'This film is targeted for the average Indian homophobe'
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Ayushmann Khurrana on Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan: 'This film is targeted for the average Indian homophobe'

Ayushmann Khurrana explains why Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan has been designed as a family entertainer, aimed at penetrating the lowest common denominator.

Love Aaj Kal: CBFC trims Sara Ali Khan, Kartin Aaryan's intimate scene, mutes expletives from Imitiaz Ali's film
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Love Aaj Kal: CBFC trims Sara Ali Khan, Kartin Aaryan's intimate scene, mutes expletives from Imitiaz Ali's film

Despite being given a U/A certificate, the CBFC has suggested several cuts to Imitiaz Ali's Love Aaj Kal.

Ram Gopal Varma's Kamma Rajyamlo Kadapa Reddlu in trouble after Andhra government demands change in title
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Ram Gopal Varma's Kamma Rajyamlo Kadapa Reddlu in trouble after Andhra government demands change in title

Ram Gopal Varma has also cast multiple lookalikes in the film, so as to give audiences an authentic feel of the times.

CBFC says it didn't ask for Ford vs Ferrari cuts; but self-censorship also points to shrinking space for dissent in India
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CBFC says it didn't ask for Ford vs Ferrari cuts; but self-censorship also points to shrinking space for dissent in India

Joshi told PTI, “This is to clarify once and for all that CBFC never asked the makers of Ford vs Ferrari to blur any shots in the film."

CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi clarifies board never asked makers of Ford v Ferrari to blur shots in film
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CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi clarifies board never asked makers of Ford v Ferrari to blur shots in film

The CBFC chairperson and the board also urged people to not drag them into such "manufactured controversies"