The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) would soon provide online certification to films. CBFC Chief, Pahlaj Nihalani also promised better facilities and online services now onward.
Nihalani announced these changes during the inauguration of the new premises of the Censor Board at its regional office in Hyderabad.
Anurag Srivastav, Chief Executive Officer of CBFC, said that the expert committee appointed to revamp the censor board, headed by eminent director Shyam Benegal, had made some recommendations and the amendments would be made soon. He also added that the CBFC would implement the amended provisions and guidelines shortly.
The Shyam Benegal Committee handed over the first part of the report on 26 April. In it, they stated that CBFC should restrict itself to being a certification body that only categorises the suitability of the film based on the age group of the viewers.
In addition to this, the committee also suggested the guidelines for using animals in films, recommending ‘licensed suppliers’ for providing the animals. This also means when the ‘no objection’ certificate takes its time, producers could approach a ‘certified personnel’ from the Animal Welfare Board of India to avoid further delays.