CENSOR

  • Censor Board stifles my freedom: Kamal Haasan 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan says he has an ongoing struggle against the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to achieve creative freedom. The 60-year-old actor, whose 2013 film 'Vishwaroopam' was initially banned in Tamil Nadu for 15 days and saw a release only after muting certain scenes, has always...
  • Filmmakers should enjoy liberty as other artists do: Mani Ratnam April 16, 2015

    As the debate over moves made by the censor board rages, filmmakers, actors and other prominent voices have spoken vehemently about the importance of the freedom of expression. South Indian Director Mani Ratnam said, "Censorship should also adapt as industry matures. Filmmakers should enjoy liberty as other artists do." ...
  • I don't understand sensibility of our censors: Naseeruddin Shah April 2, 2015

    Mumbai: While the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is getting stricter by the day, versatile actor Naseeruddin Shah says he fails to understand the sensibility of the censors. "I don't understand the sensibility of our censors. I don't understand what they want. I don't know what they are scared of...
  • Dibakar Banerjee's 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!' gets U/A certificate April 2, 2015

    Mumbai: In a refreshing departure from the norm, Dibakar Banerjee has no reason to be miffed with the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) regarding his film 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy', which has been granted a U/A certificate with only some cuts. Shravan Kumar, CEO of the CBFC, said: "A screening was...
  • Most of the dwarfs working in the film industry do not get due respect: Kaushik Ganguly on his film 'Chotoder Chobi' March 31, 2015

    There is something very unassuming about two time National Award winning director Kaushik Ganguly. Ganguly's latest film 'Chotoder Chobi' has just won award for being the best film with social message at the 62 National Film Awards and Ganguly very humbly says he did his part to narrate the story...
  • Vishal Bhardwaj: The Censor Board is behaving like Taliban; it should be chopped off March 21, 2015

    Mumbai: His unabashed use of abuses and rustic lingo in his films has always added to the power of his cinema. National Award winning filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj has reacted strongly to diktats on film content, saying that the Central Board of Film Certification is behaving like the Taliban and that...
  • No film producer will doubt my integrity: Pahlaj Nihalani March 19, 2015

    Mumbai: Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani, who is in the news after film fraternity members reportedly complained against his autocratic ways, says no film producer can doubt his integrity. Amid all the controversy, Nihalani is playing it cool. "Let them try to get rid of me. The information...
  • Censor representative claims use of fake certificates, money trail March 18, 2015

    Mumbai: In a stunning claim, Censor Board representative Pravin Mohare, the man who helped Central Bureau of Investigation in nabbing former Central Board of Film Certification chairman Rakesh Kumar for taking bribe, has unearthed the whistle on an alleged scam which gives regional movies fake Censor Board certificates for release. Mohare...
  • 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...
  • Censor board members discuss modernisation with minister March 18, 2015

    Mumbai: Some members of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on Tuesday "unofficially" met Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and discussed modernisation of the board. Unlike a similar meeting that took place on Monday night where many known faces were present, Tuesday's meeting was more...
  • Gulshan Devaiah: 'Hunterrr' is not grievously affected by the censor board March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Actor Gulshan Devaiah's latest film 'Hunterrr' is the latest film to face diktats from the Censor board. According to media reports, the makers of the adult comedy have been instructed to re-dub a few scenes in the film which contain cuss words. Explaining the re-dubbing, lead actor Gulshan Devaiah...
  • Bullet News: Catch the day's top stories March 5, 2015

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  • India @ 9 with Palki S Upadhyay March 5, 2015

    Catch the day's top stories with Palki S Upadhyay on India @ 9. ...
  • News 360: BBC airs controversial documentary 'India's Daughter', government servers legal notice March 5, 2015

    Government has asked video sharing website YouTube to remove the controversial BBC documentary on Delhi gangrape, saying that it is a very sensitive matter. Despite the Indian Government's protest, BBC went ahead and released the documentary on Wednesday night in the UK and also uploaded it on the YouTube. ...
  • Did Censor Board ask makers of 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' to mute the word 'lesbian' from one of its scenes? March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: The Censor Board is in the middle of a brand new controversy. Just two weeks after it came out with a list of words that were to be banned from usage in films, news has it that the board had asked the makers of the recently released 'Dum...
  • 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...
  • Censor board withholds the list of objectionable words that was issued few days back February 24, 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 argue...
  • Ashoke Pandit upset about list of banned cuss words released by the CBFC February 19, 2015

    Mr Ashoke Pandit, member of the CBFC, is upset about the list of banned swear words that has been released by the Censor Board. The filmmaker said, "This list should not have come out from a person who is a part of the industry, if something like this had to...
  • 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...
  • Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit slams AIB Knockout, expresses displeasure February 4, 2015

    Filmmaker and activist Ashoke Pandit has triggered a controversy after he posted a tweet slamming the AIB Knockout YouTube video featuring film producer Karan Johar and many others from the industry. The state government has now said that it will check if the organisers had the necessary clearances. ...
  • Watch: How Censor Board members react to situations February 4, 2015

    In light of a lot of recent events that have been in some way or the other related to the Censor Board in India, there is one video that comes to our minds in terms of sheer relevance. From objecting to kisses and sex scenes, to objecting to expletives, this...
  • Aftermath of the AIB Knockout: Censor Board member Ashoke Pandit 'roasts' Karan Johar February 3, 2015

    Member of the Censor Board, Mr. Ashoke Pandit clearly has nothing but distaste for 'All India Bakchod' and it's recent event, 'AIB Knockout'. With an imminent probe on the comedy show for vulgar content, it has obviously opened the gates for everyone to provide their detailed dissertation on the situation....
  • Censor Board orders singer Mihir Joshi to beep out the word 'Bombay' from his song February 2, 2015

    If the recent decision taken by Central Board of Film Certification is anything to go by then the word 'Bombay' needs to be beeped out from a song. The decision was earlier taken by the censor board examining committee under former chief Leela Samson. Censor Board had taken exception to...
  • Government defends new appointments to Censor Board, says it's a 'mix of all' January 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Under attack for naming people with BJP connections to the Censor Board, the government on Tuesday defended its appointments saying the idea was to have a "mix of all" in the composition of the statutory body which saw mass resignations last week after its earlier chief stepped down...
  • India @ 9 with Zakka Jacob January 19, 2015

    Catch the day's top stories with Zakka Jacob on India @ 9. ...
  • Filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani is CBFC chief, 9 new members also appointed January 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani has been appointed as new chairperson of Central Board of film Certification (CBFC). This comes after previous CBFC chief Leela Samson resigned last week from the top post in the panel citing interference and corruption in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Newly appointed Censor Board chief...
  • We are not Congress stooges, says Censor Board's Ira Bhaskar January 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Academician Ira Bhaskar, one of the 10 members to quit the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) following chairperson Leela Samson's resignation, says they are "not Congress stooges" and were never "rebels without a cause". A proof, she says, is the December 2013 letter in which the board had...
  • Anupam Kher criticises Censor Board chairman Leela Samson for resigning from her post January 19, 2015

    Mumbai: Former Censor Board chairman and veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher has criticised current chairman Leela Samson for resigning from her post. Samson, who headed the statutory body under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, resigned amid controversy surrounding the clearance of controversial film 'Messenger of God' featuring Dera Saccha Sauda chief...
  • 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...