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  • Bribery at censor board worse than economic offences: Mumbai Court September 3, 2014

    Mumbai: The special court which is hearing the bail application of Rakesh Kumar, the suspended CEO of Central Board of Film Certification, on Wednesday said that the crime in this case was worse than economic offences. Kumar is accused of taking bribes to grant censor certificate to films. ...
  • CBI mulls DA case against Central Board CEO Rakesh Kumar August 31, 2014

    Mumbai: CBI, which is probing the alleged bribery case involving Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) CEO Rakesh Kumar, is contemplating filing a case of Disproportionate Assets (DA) against him. "We are presently scrutinising the documents and articles seized so far to ascertain the possibility of a DA case against...
  • Songs are full of innuendos; lyricists get away with really dirty stuff, says CBFC chairperson Leela Samson August 29, 2014

    Mumbai: Leela Samson, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, is upset over the content of songs in present day cinema. She believes that lyricists, who wrote "brilliant" songs in past, need to stand up and protest. "The songs are full of innuendos and they get away with really dirty...
  • Songs are full of innuendos; lyricists get away with really dirty stuff, says CBFC chairperson Leela Samson August 29, 2014

    Mumbai: Leela Samson, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, is upset over the content of songs in present day cinema. She believes that lyricists, who wrote "brilliant" songs in past, need to stand up and protest. "The songs are full of innuendos and they get away with really dirty...
  • CBFC was created to take independent decisions, and now we aren't allow to do our job, says chairperson Leela Samson August 28, 2014

    Mumbai: The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should be revamped as the institution doesn't have the freedom to take "independent decisions" and the film industry too doesn't have faith in it, says its chairperson Leela Samson. The CBFC is a statutory body under the ministry of information and broadcasting to...
  • CBFC bribery case: Censor Board agents Shripati Mishra and Sarvesh Jaiswal granted bail August 26, 2014

    Mumbai: A special CBI court today granted bail to two censor board agents arrested for allegedly taking bribe on the behalf of Board's CEO Rakesh Kumar who is currently in CBI custody. Judge S G Deshpande granted bail to Shripati Mishra and Sarvesh Jaiswal on a personal bond of Rs...
  • CBFC CEO took bribe for not cutting scenes: CBI August 22, 2014

    Mumbai: The CBI on Friday said that CEO of Central Board of Film Certification Rakesh Kumar, arrested earlier this week, was suspected to have been demanding bribe during the screening of films before issuance of censor certificate, threatening with cuts if the demand was not met. "We suspect that other than...
  • Gold, property documents found in Censor Board CEO's locker August 21, 2014

    Mumbai: CBI, which is probing the alleged bribery case involving CEO of Central Board of Film Certification Rakesh Kumar, had found 1.5 kg of gold in his locker in Vadodara in Gujarat. It, however, did not specify if it was a bank locker or a locker at residence. "We feel this...
  • Films cleared by Censor Board during Rakesh Kumar's tenure under CBI scanner August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI on Tuesday arrested Censor Board CEO Rakesh Kumar for allegedly demanding Rs 70,000 as bribe for clearing a regional movie. According to CBI sources here, the arrest was made late in the evening in Mumbai as the Central Board of Film Certification CEO came under the agency...
  • Mumbai: HC notice to Centre, CBFC on antismoking warning in films February 4, 2014

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Union government and the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) on a petition by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap challenging the notification that made an antismoking disclaimer mandatory during smoking scenes in a movie. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit...
  • Censor Board discriminated against 'Shahid': Hansal Mehta January 21, 2014

    Mumbai: Writerdirector Hansal Mehta has accused censor board of discrimination, saying his film 'Shahid' was rated 'A' while big films like 'Ramleela' and 'Madras Cafe' were given U/A certificate despite having kissing and violent scenes. Mehta, who made a return to filmmaking with the truelife inspired story after a gap of...
  • Leela Samson apologises for calling censor board members an 'embarrassment' September 22, 2013

    Mumbai: Censor board Chief Leela Samson on Sunday apologised for her comments on the board members. Samson was served a legal notice by two panel members for calling most members of the board uneducated and an embarrassment. Spokesperson of the Central Board of Film Certification though said that Leela didn't wish...
  • Farhan Akhtar: Censor Board must stand up for filmmakers August 29, 2013

    Mumbai: Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar believes the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should speak up for filmmakers when movies such as 'Madras Cafe' get caught in controversies despite being cleared by the board. Even as John Abraham's 'Madras Cafe' has been appreciated by the audiences, it has also invited protest from...
  • PIL filed against 'Madras Cafe' screening, HC orders issue of notice August 20, 2013

    The Madras High Court bench on Tuesday ordered issue of notices to Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) , Tamil Nadu DGP, producer and director of the Bollywood movie "Madras Cafe" on a PIL seeking to ban the film and quash certification issued to it in Madurai. Justice N Paul...
  • 'Bajatey Raho' passed with U/A certificate July 20, 2013

    Mumbai: The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has passed director Shashant Shah's revenge comedy 'Bajatey Raho' with a U/A certificate, without suggesting any cuts. The film showcases the youth's way of dealing with con against con in order to bring justice. With Dolly Ahluwalia as the protagonist, the film has...
  • Stop moral policing on cinema: Akkineni Nagarjuna May 6, 2013

    Chennai: As Indian cinema completed a century, Telugu actor Akkineni Nagarjuna said that all types of moral policing on cinema by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should be stopped. He said cinema can't be held accountable for what is happening in society. "It's good to have a governing body...
  • Ramesh Sippy: We changed Sholay's climax because of CBFC April 27, 2013

    New Delhi: Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy was not happy with the way his magnum opus 'Sholay' ended as he had to reshoot the climax after the censor board objected to the violence in the original scene. Taking part in a debate on the use of cuss words and onscreen violence in cinema,...
  • I and B ministry organises festival of censored movies April 10, 2013

    New Delhi: To give a perspective on evolution of censorship in the country, a unique film festival will be held featuring movies and scenes that had once created sensation and were clipped by the censor board. The 'Cut Uncut film festival', being organised by Information and Broadcasting ministry, will screen films,...
  • CBFC: No move to give 'A' certificate to all item songs March 10, 2013

    Mumbai: Censor Board has clarified that there is no move yet to give 'A' certificate to all dance numbers and such film songs will be examined on a case-to-case basis. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)'s clarification comes in the wake of raging debate about 'obscenity' in item numbers, which...
  • West Bengal government is impatient and intolerant in cultural matters: filmmaker Suman Mukhopadhyay February 27, 2013

    The Bengali film 'Kangal Malsat' is based on the anarchist novel of Nabarun Bhattacharya and explores the dark underbelly of a city which fights the state power. The part real, part surreal narrative has been made into a movie which has been denied clearance by the Kolkata chapter of Central...
  • Ban on item songs is very necessary: Nawazuddin February 11, 2013

    Mumbai: Actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Prashant Narayanan support the Central Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) decision to be more stringent about the content of item songs which go on TV. The two feel that raunchy numbers can impact children and banning such songs won't take too much away from...
  • Censor board denied clearance to 256 films in 10 years February 9, 2013

    Lucknow: The Censor Board denied certification for release to 256 films in the past 12 years, an RTI query has revealed. In response to a Right to Information (RTI) filed by activists Amitabh and Nutan Thakur, it has been revealed that between 2001 to 2011, 256 films were denied certification...
  • Vishwaroopam: Apology sought from TN Advocate General February 3, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on Sunday demanded an apology from Tamil Nadu's Advocate General for statements made by them in connection with the certification of 'Vishwaroopam'. Condemning the allegations made by Navaneetha Krishnan and advocate Sankarasubbu, the CBFC said in a statement, "Every action taken/procedure...
  • Censor Board wants the word 'Indian' in its title November 25, 2012

    New Delhi: The country's film certification board is vying to get the word 'Indian' in its title, which would bring it in tune with its foreign counterparts and address a long felt lacuna. Wellplaced sources said that the Board has already written to the Information and Broadcasting ministry seeking that it...
  • Demand to curb frivolous litigation against films November 15, 2012

    Mumbai: Film and Television Producers Guild (FTPG) has sought the Centre's intervention to discourage frivolous litigation challenging the content of films that have been certified for exhibition by the CBFC. In a letter to the new Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tiwari on November 9, Guild president Mukesh Bhatt said...
  • Bollywood calls for revamp of certification rules October 30, 2012

    New Delhi: Members of the film fraternity today erupted into a debate about the process of film certification in the country, calling for a revamp in the constitution of the CBFC and The Cinematograph Act of 1952. Industry stalwarts like Mukesh Bhatt, Ramesh Sippy, Shyam Benegal, Sudhir Mishra and Shabana Azmi...
  • Films with smoking scenes should carry warnings August 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Signalling some progress in the deadlock over antitobacco rules, the I&B ministry has asked the Censor Board to ensure that a film having smoking scenes also carries two 20 second antitobacco warnings voiced by the actor who is seen smoking in the film. Sources said that the ministry has...
  • 'Amen' in trouble with CBFC over gay sex scenes February 21, 2012

    New Delhi: 'Amen', a short film which got selection at several film festivals including Kaashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, is under fire from the Censor Board of Film Certification for allegedly explicit contents. The Censor Board has rejected to pass the film with the controversial gay sex scene. The film...
  • UA, S, X, R demystified: How films are rated June 15, 2011

    New Delhi: In a recent interaction Samvaad CBFC 2011, organized by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Leela Samson promised to bring in more transparency in the film certification process and said a new film classification system, instead of the current censorship one, would be in place. The...