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  • Censor Nagendra Swamy Clarifies

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    Karnataka regional Censor Officer M Nagendra Swamy writes to Chitraloka about the confusion which is going on about the censor board. In 2014 they have censored 202 movies and six movies have been rejected.  

    1 CBFC is created by cinematograph act 1952 passed by parliament and it functions under the rules and guidelines of the act. The name of earlier censor board was changed to CBFC in 1983 to give a positive meaning. Everything remained same till today and the act applies to each and every film when they presented for certification. One of the guideline says the film is of aesthetic value and cinematically of a good standard. 

    2 It is clarified here that no individual makes the decision about any film or its trailer or its clips and songs. All decisions are committee based and Regional officer is bound to communicate the decision of the committee to the producer in due course of time as prescribed in the act and in writing giving reasons. Regarding the Galibeeja, the decision of examination committee and the reasons was communicated to the producer in front of committee members on personal hearing and also fallowed it up in writing on 30th Dec 2015 (Screened on 25th Dec 2014). The film was not refused on technical reasons and hence no word of technicality is mentioned.

    3 To decide whether a film has aesthetic value or not and cinematically good standard or not (as the act has not defined these) and also for other guidelines the government has appointed advisory members who are from all fields. They include artists, doctors, social scientist, educationist; journalists film critics, film directors, writers and also house makers. The government has appointed them considering their ability to judge the aesthetic value, cinematic standard and also the health of the society keeping in mind the understanding capacity of the common man. Accordingly at a committee level they take a decision most of the times it is unanimous and at times decided by majority voting. Regarding Galibeeja it is unanimous decision for refusal. Galibeeja producer had applied for feature film category and for U certificate. There is also provision in the act for issuing “S” CERTIFICATE for professionals screening. 

    4 Further to redress any adverse decision of the examining committee and also to avoid its  subjective decision, if any, the board and the act has provided the mechanism of Revise committee(RC) which comprises of double the number of members and also who were not  members of examining committee so that fresh look of the film can be taken. Even further there is one more level of Tribunal to decide the certification of the film. After that also one can approach The Hon’ble courts for direction of certification.

    5 Galibeeja was examined with the same procedure and it is not the first film to be refused and another two films are also refused with the same reason. The decision of the examining committee is not ultimate. It may be mentioned here that last year the same examining committee certified “Hatti annu and Kanaja” which is also an experimental film and ultimately the film won award in recently concluded BIFES.

    6 Regarding Galibeeja what I appealed was that when it is expected to come in front of RC nobody should vitiate the atmosphere more importantly the producer, director and its team, related people must not influence the mind of RC members. It may be mentioned here that it is not the intention to curb individual freedom, or artistic freedom or opinion about it. Everyone is free to air their views  about Galibeeja after the decision of RC  and its certification. Till today it is an uncertified film and no uncertified film so far is commented upon. Whatever comments, critic one see in media and other forums is of certified films only. Looking at the statements of producer in the media it seems Galibeeja is screened at Festival, Bazars and other forums before certification. If it is true then it is seriously violated the act as it is uncertified film. The act says uncertified film must not be screened and violation is an offense and has to be penalized.

    7 It is once again clarified here that the examining committee only said that it has “no sense and no meaning.” But it is conveniently twisted and wrote about keeping the phrase “committee could not understand” (it was personally explained to the writer of the article clearly, nevertheless she made her story keeping it as headline and theme deliberately.)

    8 Regarding the future of Kannada Film industry this year a record number of 202 films are certified by CBFC. Never in the history of CBFC, Bangalore so many films are certified in a year. This was possible because of screening of 6 films in a day. Out of 202 films Only 6 films were rejected and 3 films including Galibeeja is rejected for the same reason. The number of films certified speaks about CBFC’s responsiveness towards demands of kannada film industry and the act In the present form is fair enough to respect artistic freedom. One should remember ultimately the films are certified for public screenings keeping in mind the common man and health of our society.

    9 Now the question is do we have to apply different standard, different guidelines for Galibeeja? Is each and every work of award winning team is a masterpiece and it should not be subjected to normal procedure of certification? Will not it be a fore gone conclusion, what will be the decision of Revising committee after the statements of famous directors and  media write ups about it? Is it not Intellectual efforts to bulldoze the decisions of the committee and tarnish the image of an Institution and individuals? CBFC has serving this nation certifying thousands of films respecting artistic freedom all over India? Law of the land must apply to each and every one and to every film in the same fashion.

    (M Nagendra Swamy )

    REGIONAL OFFICER

     

  • Censor Will be Done only Through DCP Format

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    In the letter he says the Head office, Mumbai has issued strict guidelines for implementing film screening in DCP format. In order to comply with the provisions of Rule 21(2) of the Cinematography (certification) Rules 1983 and also to eliminate any chance of leakage, you are requested to instruct all producers to follow DCP format in Screening as well as the submission of CD for verification and to issue certificate.

    Further it has been decided that hence forth applications for certification will be accepted only after production of the following documents.

    1) Final footage certificate.

    2) Certificate from studio regarding re-recording is complete for public exhibition from studio.

    3) Certificate from Dolby company stating that Dolby/DTS/Digital sound is complete for public exhibition.

    4) Certificate stating the DI and Digital work is complete in DCP file or any other kind of format where the work has been completed.

    5) Final footage certificate after carrying out the censor cuts (for footage TCR count must start from 00.00 annd exactly indicate the length of the film after censor cuts)

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  • Dead End for Ring Road - Exclusive

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    The all female crew film Ring Road is in big trouble after breaking both Censor and KFCC rules. The film makers had claimed that the title of the film was changed from Ring Road Shubha to Ring Road Suma. But the reality is that the film's name has been given permission only as Ring Road.

    But the advertisement of the film released a few days ago shows the title as Ring Road Sumala Kathe.

    Sources say the information about this wrong advertising has reached both the Censor Board and KFCC. If either of them take action as per rules the release of the film will be uncertain. The film was scheduled for a release on July 10 but seems unlikely now as it finds itself foul of rules.

  • Devara Nadalli Censored U/A In RC - Exclusive

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    B Suresha's 'Devara Nadalli' has been censored with an 'U/A' certificate on Wednesday evening. The Revising Committee has given a 'U/A' certificate along with 7 cuts. Earlier, 'Devara Nadalli' had appeared before the Regional Board of Film Certification and the RBFC had given a 'U/A' certificate along with one cut. But B Suresha who was not prepared for the cuts rejected it and applied for the Revising Committee.

    Accordingly, the RC chairman Arundhati Nag and the members of the committee saw the film on Wednesday evening and gave the film a 'U/A' certificate along with 7 cuts.

  • Nagarahavu Censored U/A - Releasing On Oct 14th

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    Most anticipated movie Nagarahavu has been Censored with U/A certificate and the movie is getting released on 14th October.

    Diganth-Ramya starrer 'Nagarahavu' which is said to the 201st film of Dr Vishnuvardhan is likely to be released on the 14th of October.

    'Nagarahavu' stars Diganth, Ramya, Saikumar and others in prominent roles. Vishnuvardhan has been created by digital head technology. Gurukiran has composed the music of the film, while H C Venu is the cameraman. Veteran director Kodi Ramakrishna has scripted the film along with directing it.

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  • Online Problem For Censor For Now - Exclusive

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    Making a movie is a big task in itself. But getting movie released is the bigger challenge and problem. Each and every producers faces one or the other problem when the film is getting ready for release.

    Now every Kannada film is facing a new problem. The latest crisis is due to the Censor board going online. From April 1st the Censor certificate process has gone  online. It should have eased the burden on film makers. But ironically it is creating tension and problems. From April 1, not a single film has been censored in India. Censor Board going online is no doubt a good thing. Now the film makers have to submit the application, details of the film, and other NOC certificates through online only. 

    Kannada movie Raaga, starring Mithra is the film that is hit now. The film was to release on April 21 and the application has already been made. However with the online system not yet streamlined, Raaga faces a possible delay putting out of gear all the preparations. 

    Speaking to Chitraloka censor script writer Shivu said the new system is going to be smooth soon. "But now producers are in trouble since they have to wait till the online application system opens up. Till now we used to fill the application and we were submitting manually including the censor script. Now with the new online rule producers have to register themselves in the censor board. They have to provide all the details including the banner name, Aadhar nubmer, Pan number and other details. Once the producer's name is registered in the censor then they will provide the application form. Then we have to submit the application form with the necessary details. Based on the serial number of the application the censor officer will watch the film. All these can be done only when the complete movie is ready and in hand. One cannot simply apply just for sake of seniority. Till now there was some adjustments in the process. If a movie producer was in queue and wanted his film certified earlier, he used to request the produces with seniority list in the queue issue NOC for his movie. Now this will not be possible. Even if a big star movie's producer wants to get his movie censored urgently it will not happen.

    First thing we should all learn is how to fill the Censor application correctly." Every film big and small will face the problem. It is not just Raaga, the multi-crore Baahubali 2 which is scheduled to release on April 28 will face the same problem. Until the film is complete fully with all certificates, application for Censor cannot be made. 

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