Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has responded to Tamil actor Vishal’s allegations of corruption within the organization. In a statement, the CBFC acknowledged the existence of an online certification system and regular updates on system improvements for film producers and applicants. However, they emphasized that many applicants still choose to apply through intermediaries or agents, undermining the transparency and efficiency of the certification process. The CBFC expressed its commitment to minimizing third-party involvement in the certification process and stated that attempts to tarnish its image will not be tolerated.

The CBFC further urged filmmakers to submit their films well in advance to ensure timely certification. In cases of extreme urgency, producers can approach higher officials at CBFC with a written request and valid reasons for an early examination, which will be assessed on merit. Vishal’s allegations, made in a video addressed to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had generated a swift response from the ruling BJP. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry sent a senior officer to conduct an inquiry into the matter.

Vishal claimed to have paid Rs 6.5 lakhs for the certification of the Hindi version of his film ‘Mark Antony’. The ministry’s response came less than 24 hours after Vishal’s allegations. The actor expressed his gratitude to the ministry for taking immediate action and hoped that it would set an example for government officials involved in corruption.

Vishal also thanked Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Shinde in his statement.

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