Shyam Benegal Will Head Committee to Revamp Central Board of Film Censors

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The noted film-maker Shyam Benegal has been constituted a committee head by the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to look into revamp the film certification nuances by Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) .

The work of committee is to suggest recommendations provide a holistic framework and interpretation of provisions of Cinematograph Act, 1952 and Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983.

Other Members of the Committee:

  • Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra,
  • Bhawana Somaaya,
  • Piyush Pandey,
  • Nina Lath Gupta.

Terms of reference of the Committee

  • The main aim of this committee is to take note of the best practices in various parts of the world.
  • For the benefit of the chairperson and other members of the Screening Committee of CBFC this committee is also recommend broad guidelines under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952.
  • And they also have taken care of what film industry is given sufficient and adequate space for creative and aesthetic expression.
  • And also have to look into the staffing pattern of CBFC in an effort to recommend a framework which would provide efficient and transparent user friendly services.
  • The Committee has to submit their recommendations within two months.
  • And according to their recommendations films will be get certification to discharge their responsibilities keeping in view the prescribed framework.

About Shyam Benegal:

  • Shyam Benegal born 14 December 1934.
  • He is an Indian director and screenwriter.
  • He has created a new generation in film industry with his first four feature films (1973) , Nishant (1975) , Manthan (1976) and Bhumika (1977) which has now come to be called the “middle cinema” in India. Ankur
  • His work is known as New or Alternate cinema.


  • Padma Shri in1976.
  • Padma Bhushan in1991.
  • Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005.
  • ANR National Award in 2013

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