In most countries of the world, there is a mechanism/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/curtailed and the people tasked with the work of certification understand these nuances. Indian films have glorious history. A whole lot of Indian films have enriched the cultural milieu of the country besides making astonishing advances in technical aspects of filmmaking.
Keeping this in view and in sync with the vision of the PM, a committee headed by Shri Shyam Benegal has been constituted 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.
During their deliberations, the Committee would be 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 / procedures under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act / 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 / transparent user friendly services.
The other Members of the Committee include Shri Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Shri Piyush Pandey, Ms. Bhawana Somaaya , Ms. Nina Lath Gupta and Joint Secretary (Films) as Member Convenor.
The Committee has been requested to submit their recommendations within two months.