Film certification appellate tribunal abolished : Sad day for cinema
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The government, by an ordinance, has abolished the Film certification appellate tribunal abolished ( FCAT ).
The FCAT was set up in 1983 by India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to hear appeals by filmmakers.
By Tribunals Reforms ( Rationalisation And Conditions of Service ) Ordinance, 2021, which came in to effect on April 4, 2021, amends the Cinematography Act, 1952 by omitting some sections and replacing the word ” Tribunal” With ” High Court ” in other sections.
The filmmakers are understandably disappointed, as this decision humiliation them further.
Vishal Bhardwaj called it a ” Sad day for Cinema “.
Hansal Mehta considered the aboilation ” Arbitrary ” and ” Restrictive “.
In India, filmmakers do not self censor, as in most countries in West, but have to get a CBFC certificate before releasing their films.
The CBFC certifies the film to
” A ” restricted exhibition for adults only
” U/A ” Unrestricted exhibition, subject to parental guidance for children below 12 years of age
” U ” Unrestricted exhibition
” S ” Restricted to specialised audiences such as doctors or scientists.
In August 2014, FCAT upheld the CBFC ‘s order refusing to certify the film, saying the documentary had ” grave potential of creating communal disharmony “.But in several cases, it cleared recent films with ” A ” Certificate :
Great Grand Masti
Shaheb, Bibi, Golaam
Lipstick under my Bhurkha
The FCAT also saved one of most controversial film ” Bandit Queen “.