Saturday, March 8, 2014

Leela Samsons Visit To Gwalior - An Interview by Doctor Sumit Narula

Sensor Board has a clear eye on the content as well on the promos of the movies; these were the words of Ms Leela Samson, Chairperson, Central Board of Film Certification. She was in Amity University, Madhya Pradesh for a guest lecture on ‘Statutory Body CBFC: Its Duties and Responsibilities’.  Dr Sumit Narula, Deputy Director, Amity School of Communication took her interview during for Global Times during her visit to the university. Excerpts of the interview are following:

Q1: What are your views on the working of the Central Board of Film Certification?
Answer: The working of the CBFC is very transparent and clear. We have also improved our system by giving the link for the online uploading of the films for the directors. This has helped us a lot in cutting time for clearing the movie. About the panels, I would say that there are various panels to approve the films and every panel member is very much qualified to do his/her work carefully.

Q2: How many categories of certificates are there for Filmmakers?
Answer: At present, there are four types of certificates
Unrestricted Public Exhibition throughout India, suitable for all age groups. Films under this category should not upset children over 4. Such films may contain educational, social or family-oriented themes. Films under this category may also contain fantasy violence and/or mild bad language.
Parental Guidance
All ages admitted, but it is advised that children below 12 be accompanied by a parent as the theme or content may be considered intense or inappropriate for young children. Films under this category may contain mature themes, sexual references, mild sex scenes, violence with brief gory images and/or infrequent use of crude language.
Adults Only
Restricted to adult audiences (18 years or over). Nobody below the age of 18 may buy/rent an A-rated DVD, VHS, UMD or watch a film in the cinema with this rating. Films under this category may contain adult/disturbing themes, frequent crude language, brutal violence with blood and gore, strong sex scenes and/or scenes of drug abuse which is considered unsuitable for minors.
Restricted to any special class of persons
This rating signifies that the film is meant for a specialised audience, such as doctors.

Q3: Movies like Grand Masti are not family movies, how can this get approval from the board?
Answer: Any film which comes to us for certification is being watched and scrutinized by a Board. After watching the movie if the board passes the movie it necessarily will not come to the chairperson for approval because the board has already approved that. The film can get certificate after being approved by the board itself.

Q4: Sometimes there is controversy after releasing the movie, what will be the strategy of the CBFC then?
Answer: If there is some problem in the movie after the release, we definitely look into the matter and can also edit the scenes if required.

Q5: You are a prolific Bharatnatyam dancer, instructor and choreographer, how do you find time in your busy schedule for all these now?
Answer: I do not forget to do Bharatnatyam everyday early in the mornings. It is in my blood to do so after all I am a Bharatnatyam dancer first and then a chairperson.

Q6: What are the limitations you see in CBFC?
Answer: My primary contention is that the board is a certification board and not a censor board as is commonly misunderstood. I also stressed upon the age old dilemma on how to safeguard the fundamental right of self expression of a film producer while respecting the sentiments of India’s bewildering diversity. About the limitations of the Board,   I would say that on the one hand it has to deal with archaic laws and on the other there is a plethora of films that need to be certified at short notices and there is not adequate man power to do so.

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