Amol Palekar Challenges Censor Board, Moves Supreme Court Against Archaic Censorship Rules

The apex court has asked the I&B ministry to come back with a suitable response to Amol Palekar's PIL

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Amol Palekar Challenges Censor Board, Moves Supreme Court Against Archaic  Censorship Rules

Amol Palekar has challenged the Censor Board and filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court, asking them to justify the pre-censorship of movies. The Supreme Court has in turn asked the I&B ministry to respond to the queries. Also the court has asked the CBFC to implement the recommendations sent by Shyam Benegal and his team a year back.

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If this creates an impact, then it will be a big success for all filmmakers who have been fighting and facing the ills of censorship in the recent past. Films like Udta Punjab and Jolly LLB 2 are some recent examples.

Palekar, in his petition, has pointed out that the Censor Board doesn't have any member with a legal background. Thus the CBFC continues to violate filmmakers’ fundamental right to speech and expression. He has even termed the pre-censorship of films as irrelevant in the internet era.

With so many complaints against the CBFC, the I&B Ministry had appointed Shyam Benegal and a team of other senior film personnel to come up with recommendations for revamping the Censor Board. Even after a year of the committee submitting their report, there has been no attempt to implement the recommendations.



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