Govt to Revamp Censor Board, Benegal Gets the Chair

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New Delhi:  India’s censor board, precinct of multiple controversies in recent months, will be revamped by the government based on the report of a new committee headed by award-winning director Shyam Benegal.

The five other members of the committee include advertising guru Piyush Pandey and director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

Speaking to NDTV after the the decision was announced, Mr Benegal said, “Society is dynamic, so rules framed ten years ago may not be suitable today. This is the process of ‘relooking’ at the rules.”

“My views on Censor Board are well known. Personally, I am not in favour of cutting up films with a pair of scissors,” he said.

The censor board is currently headed by film-maker Pahalaj Nihalani, whose decisions have often triggered pushback from other members of the censor  board.

“I do believe that time has come to have a look at the role of the Certification Board, as I prefer to call it. The Certification Board needs to be controversy-free,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley said earlier this week.

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