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Will Shyam Benegal fix the Censor Board?  

I&B Ministry appoints committee headed by Benegal to revamp the CBFC


Our Correspondent

The I&B Ministry has given filmmakers hope by launching a special committee, headed by Shyam Benegal, to suggest measures to help CBFC's members understand the nuances of film certification.

According to a press note released by the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry, a committee headed by 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. 

The Committee will also 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. It will 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 will also be looked into in an effort to recommend a framework that will provide efficient / transparent user friendly services. 

Other members of the Committee include Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Piyush Pandey, Bhawana Somaaya and Nina Lath Gupta.