CBFC

  • Why do we need to have 'gaalis' for the villain to get 'taalis', asks Shatrughan Sinha March 18, 2015

    Mumbai: While CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani is facing ire from the film fraternity over his diktats regarding cuss words in movies, veteran actor and BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha wonders why use of abuses has become a trend in present-day cinema. Shatrughan, who played the badman memorably in many films in the...
  • CBFC asks 'Hunterrr' team to clean up its act March 16, 2015

    Mumbai: The sex comedy 'Hunterrr', which is scheduled to open on Friday, has been asked by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to clean up its language. A source from the CBFC said: "The trailer had been passed by the previous CBFC team and it contained a lot of objectionable...
  • e Lounge: Censor board withholds the list of objectionable words February 25, 2015

    Mumbai: The central board of film certification has put on hold the list of 28 objectionable words that were issued by the chairman recently. Reports suggest that many board members disagreed with the chairman's move. One member showed examples of award winning books which have cuss words in them to...
  • Only filmmakers, audience must decide movies' content; CBFC should be entrusted with certifying them appropriately: Dibakar Banerjee February 24, 2015

    Mumbai: Dibakar Banerjee says that decisions regarding a movie's content should be left to the filmmakers and the audience, and that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should only be entrusted with certifying movies appropriately. "The issue will resolve only when the people who watch films and who make films...
  • Aditya Narayan finds CBFC's taboo-word list offensive; says it's an attack on freedom of speech and expression February 22, 2015

    Vadodara, Feb 21 (PTI) Music composer and singer Aditya Narayan feels that Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)'s ban on use of certain words in the films is an attack on the freedom of speech and expression. The list of 28 words which was leaked to the media recently has drawn...
  • CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani defends controversial list February 17, 2015

    Mumbai: Censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani on Tuesday defended the banned words list issued by CBFC, saying anyone having a problem with the guidelines should approach the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Nihalani, who was appointed as Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief after Leela Samson resigned, was criticised by...
  • HC notice over no censor certificate to two films January 22, 2015

    New Delhi: The Delhi Court on Wednesday issued notice to the central government and the censor board on two separate pleas challenging the refusal of certificate for screening of two films. Filmmaker Pankaj Butalia challenged the censor board's refusal to clear his documentary "Textures of Loss" based on the violence in...
  • New Censor Board members won't disappoint: Jeevitha January 20, 2015

    Hyderabad: Actor-producer Jeevitha Rajasekar is excited about being chosen as one of the nine new members of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). She says the team won't disappoint. "I'm delighted I've been chosen as one of the members. It's a post that comes with great responsibility. I don't want...
  • Anupam Kher: Claims of government interference in CBFC are baseless and ridiculous January 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Former CBFC chairperson Anupam Kher today disagreed with the claims of government interference in the statutory body under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, saying they are "baseless and ridiculous". "All such claims are baseless and ridiculous. Why these people are pointing out government's interference now? Why didn't they say...
  • Leela Samson technically wrong; she has created a political row, says Anupam Kher January 18, 2015

    In the latest development in the controversy between the members of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the government over autonomy of the board, former panel chief Anupam Kher on Sunday said that Leela Samson is creating a political row by resigning from her post adding that her...
  • Jaitley hits out at censor board, says UPA appointees to be blamed for any corruption January 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Slamming former Censor board chief Leela Samson and other members of the board for resigning from their posts over allegations of interference by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday shrugged off the responsibility from the NDA government. "If there is any corruption in...
  • Protesting against corruption in I&B Ministry, Censor Board chief Leela Samson resigns January 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Citing interference and corruption in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Censor Board chief Leela Samson has resigned from the top post in the panel. In a statement on her resignation, Samson mentioned "interference, coercion and corruption of panel members and officers of the organisation appointed by the Ministry" as...
  • 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,...