Mumbai HC bashes CBFC: You are a certification board and not a censor board; Read on to know more

The bench of Justices Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Gautam Patel who was hearing the petition criticized the CBFC for not providing Universal certificate to a kids movie based on child labour.
News,cfbc,chidiakhana,mumbai high courtMumbai HC bashes CBFC: You are a certification board and not a censor board; Read on to know more
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The Central Board of Film Certification and film-makers in India constantly have a feud and discussion over the content of the movies and they try and come to a certain conclusion finally. But in some cases, when film-makers are not happy with CBFC's decision, they file a petition for the settlement. And recently, the Bombay High Court received a petition by the Children's Film Society (CFS) India as the makers of Chidikhana wanted a "Universal" Certificate for the movie. The bench of Justices Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Gautam Patel who was hearing the petition criticized the CBFC for not providing the same to a kids movie based on child labour.

For the unversed, CBFC had objections over two scenes in the film. One of the scenes had an abusive word and that's why they refused to grant a "U" Certificate even though the makers said that they will delete that particular scene. Justice Patel remarked, "Are you (CBFC) ostriches? Putting your head in the sand and pretending something does not exist. We actually wonder if your officials have children. You are a Certification Board and not a Censor Board. You will not decide what one wants to watch and see".

Justice Patel further added, "Nobody has given you the intellectual morality and authority to decide what one wants to watch and see. Looks like we may have to redefine your role entirely because you are forming an opinion that the whole population is infantile and imbecile and you are the only one with an iota of intelligence to decide for everyone."

The judges also said that if a movie is meant for kids which highlights issues such as racism, child or drug abuse among others the movies are the best way to explain the social evils. As per reports, the High Court has posted that the matter will be heard again on August 5 and they have directed CBFC to file an affidavit to showcase its policy while certifying a movie meant for kids.

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