Over the past year, there has been an increase in the number of filmmakers raising their voices against the chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Pahlaj Nihalani, claiming that the latter has been imposing archaic laws on their films. Now we hear that in a written reply submitted by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore in the Rajya Sabha, he has claimed that there has been a rise in the number of films which have been denied clearance by the CBFC in the last fiscal year.
However, now offering a ray of hope to filmmakers, sources state that the recommendations of the Shyam Benegal committee may be amended later this year. Readers may be aware that the recommendations made by the Shyam Benegal committee were initially shot down by the I&B ministry after Nihalani had objected to the same and sent a letter to I&B minister Venkaiah Naidu resisting the changes.
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