In its first report in April 2016, the committee, headed by Shyam Benegal, submitted some recommendations to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry regarding censorship in films. However, the filmmaker says he has not heard back from them.
Comparing the situations that films find themselves in today to what was prevalent more than 40 years ago during the Emergency, acclaimed filmmaker Shyam Benegal said there isn’t much difference.
Shyam Benegal has been conferred with V Shantaram Lifetime achievement award at the 15th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films. The award carries a trophy, a citation and cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.
Shyam Benegal on Thursday hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the ban against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat in some states.
On Shyam Benegal’s birthday, here’s looking back at Zubeidaa, where he told the story of a free-spirited woman who was bound by patriarchal shackles.
Veteran director Shyam Benegal, who has been put in charge of drafting new guidelines for CBFC, hits out at the government’s failure to act against those threatening and intimidating Padmavati’s director and actors.
Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal hopes with Prasoon Joshi’s appointment as the new chief of the Central Board of Film Certification, things will improve. Pahlaj Nihalani was on Friday removed from the post of Central Board of Film Certification chairperson.
Aamir Khan on Wednesday at Secret Superstar trailer launch said that he is uncertain if censorship has any space in today’s times. He said, “I don’t know how relevant is censorship today. Anyway, the job of the CBFC is not to censor but grade the film and certify that which age group can be shown which film.”
Shabana Azmi’s photograph from over four decades ago shows how fundamentally the film festival has changed.
Shabana Azmi’s picture with Shyam Benegal and Smita Patil at the Cannes Film Festival 1976 reflects the time when the film industry was more about substance than glamour.
Shyam Benegal says that CBFC is not here to tell filmmakers what to show and what not to show in their films.
“The most important thing very few people realise is that the people who applied for the censor certificate, which are the filmmakers themselves, had asked for an adult certificate anyway.” Shyam Benegal.
Sudhir Mishra said he hopes that Shyam Benegal’s committee report is implemented soon.
However, Shyam Benegal refused to comment on the cuts demanded by the censor board in Udta Punjab.
Shyam Benegal watched the controversial “Udta Punjab” and appreciated it for being “very well-made”.