The Bombay High Court on Wednesday said that subtitles can be added to a film after the producer notifies the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and gets it endorsed.
The order was passed by a division bench of Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice S J Kathawalla on a petition filed by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPAA) challenging a April 27, 2018 notice which mandates a separate censorship certificate for subtitles.
The bench said that subtitles can be added (to a film) as long as producers notify the CBFC and it is endorsed by CBFC.
Advocate Ashok Saraogi, appearing for the association, told the court that the whole procedure to secure separate censorship certificate for subtitles was like sending a fresh film for re-examination. He added that when a film is sent for certification, the producer has to pay a certain amount. Re-examining the film will not only cost the producer more, but is also time-consuming, he said.
Saraogi told the court that they are ready to send subtitles in a CD format and get them endorsed by CBFC. The court agreed to the submission. While hearing arguments, Justice Kureshi said that a situation may arise where subtitles need to be added to a certain film after two years.
The CBFC told the court that as per Rule 33 of the Cinematography Act, when a film is altered by excision, or if subtitles have been included after the film has been certified, the same shall not be exhibited unless the alteration or subtitles included are reported to CBFC.
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