The decision of the Central Board for Film Certification to make the films carrying A certificate from Censor board ineligible for telecast on television may be a serious blow for many Kannada film producers who are making films with diversified subjects like Suspense, Horror, Thrills, Action and some adult based sensible films.
Though the entire Indian film industry other than the Kannada film industry has been stunned and outraged over the ertification CBFC decision banning ‘A’ certificate films from being telecast on television, the response from the Kannada film industry has been pathetic. It looks as if the Kannada film producers are totally unaware of the consequences of such a harsh imposition from the Censor Board. Even the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has not voiced its protest over the decision of Censor Board which puts a blanket ban of telecast of films carrying the A certificate tag.
Henceforth any film which has got an A certificate from CBFC cannot be shown on any channel. Till now those films which were given A certificate could be shown after necessary cuts for late night 11 pm slot. After many days of dilly dallying, the censor board made amendments to existing laws the CBFC has decided to stop re-certifying
A-rated films for TV, thereby making them ineligible for the television screening. That is how films like Shivaraj Kumar's "Santha' and Jogi, Darshan's 'Kalaasi Palya', Upendra's "Masti' and Sudeep's "Gooli' were telecasted after re-certification. Now, it is not possible for the retelecast of a film like Dandupalya which has been certified as a A certificate film. It is not the films with excessive violence and sex that are classified under the A category, but even films made with serious Adult based themes can be certified as under A certificate, though made very well. Such good films may not be considered for telecast as re-certification has been prohibited now.
The decision is a major blow to Kannada film industry as well as for Hindi, Telugu and Tamil film industries as nearly 40% of the production cost of films have been coming from sale of satellite rights. For Kannada films and B’wood films it is in the range of 40 to fifty percent, while in case of Tamil and Telugu films, it is in the range of 20 to 25 percent of the production cost.
The situation for Bollywood is still worst as Aamir Khan's home production Delhi Belly and Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur (part 1& 2) which have got A certificate are waiting for CBFC clearance to show them on television.
Closer home it means Dandupalya, 12 A.M. Midnight, and many other recent films shown on television channels. It is reported that Dandupalya has been acquired for a big amount for telecast.
The decision of CBFC is going to create havoc in satellite television market, as channels will not touch any film with an A certificate and will think twice about dealing in UA films.
It is sure that this decision will curtail the creativity of the film maker. This may also change the economy of film making in the future.