While hearing the petition seeking a grant of universal (U) certificate to a children film “Chidiakhana”, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) received a sharp berate from the Bombay High Court on July 5. The petition was heard by the Division Bench of Justice SC Dharmadhikari and Justice GS Patel, and the petition was filed by the Children’s Film Society India (CFSI), an organization under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting engaged in the production of children’s kind of films and various TV programs in various languages.
In January, the CBFC asked the CFSI to mute a word from the movie and delete a particular scene from the film. The CFSI agreed to do the same in June. The court sought a response from the CBFC, and the CBFC submitted that the film exhibited violence and discrimination against a certain community, hence there should be U/A certificate.
After some observations, Justice Patel made a remark on the CBFC “Are you ostriches? You put your head in the sand and pretend that something does not exist.” The court referred the case on Udta Punjab and said the CBFC had not learned its lesson yet. The court said that the CBFC forms an opinion that the whole population is childish and stupid, and believes it solely has the intellect to make decisions for everyone. Thus, the bench directed the CBFC's Regional Officer to file an affidavit and elaborate on the CBFC's policy for certification of children's movie. The next hearing of this matter will be on August 5.
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