Centre plans Bill allowing re-censoring of cleared films

New Delhi: The Centre sought public comments on its draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which proposes to bring back its 'revisionary powers' over the Central Board of Film Certification. This would empower the Centre to order 're-examination' of an already certified film, following receipt of complaints.

In November 2000, the Supreme Court had upheld a Karnataka High Court order which struck down the Centre’s 'revisional powers in respect of films that are already certified by the Board'.

The draft Bill also includes provisions to penalise film piracy with jail term and fine, and introduce age-based certification.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said it wanted to add a provision 'for granting revisionary powers to the government on account of violation of Section 5B(1) of the Act' (principles for guidance in certifying films).