The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has constituted an Expert Committee to examine issues of certification under the Cinematograph Act, 1952.
The Expert Committee comprises Mukul Mudgal, Retired Chief Justice, High Court of Punjab and Haryana – Chairperson; Lalit Bhasin, Chairperson, FCAT; Sharmila Tagore, former Chairperson, CBFC; Javed Akhtar, music composer, writer & lyricist; Leela Samson, Chairperson, CBFC; L Suresh, Secretary, South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce and former President, Film Federation of India; Rameeza Hakim, Advocate, Supreme Court of India; and Raghvendra Singh, Joint Secretary (Films), I&B Ministry – Member-Convener.
The Terms of Reference of the Committee are to review the mandate and functioning of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and recommend measures, including statutory changes, to enable CBFC to deal with contemporary requirements. These include process of certification under the Act and Rules, categories of certification (existing and proposed), and requirement of special categories of certification for the purposes of broadcasting on television channels and radio stations.
The committee will also review the mandate and functioning of the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) in order to make it a more efficacious appellate body. It has to examine the role of the Central Government regarding sanctioning of cinematograph films for exhibition under Entry 60 and also to suggest more effective legal remedies and penal provisions in the Act, particularly with reference to making unlawful copies, camcording in cinema halls, and interpolation/insertion of clips after certification.