Benegal panel may be expanded

The idea to have more members has stemmed from a realisation that more regions of the country should have representation on it.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 13, 2016 6:19:16 am

THE NEWLY constituted Shyam Benegal Committee set up to recommend measures to revamp the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) could soon have more eminent film personalities, including actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan, as its members.

The idea to have more members has stemmed from a realisation that more regions of the country should have representation on it. To achieve this, eminent directors like Shaji Karun and Gautam Ghosh could also be appointed members of the Benegal Committee, sources said.

In its first wide-ranging interaction with the committee in Mumbai recently, Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley observed that in most countries of the world there is a mechanism for certifying films and documentaries, but it has to be ensured that in doing so, artistic creativity and freedom do not get curtailed.

Jaitley had said that the film certification guidelines needs contemporary interpretation and they should be made as non discretionary as possible.

The government is hopeful that the Benegal Committee would provide a holistic framework for interpretation of the provisions of Cinematograph Act and Rules for the benefit of the chairperson and other members of the CBFC Screening Committee.

Currently, the committee has noted filmmaker Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra, advertising and communication expert Piyush Pandey, film journalist Bhawana Somayaa, NFDC Managing Director Nina Lath Gupta and I&B ministry’s Joint Secretary (Films) K Sanjay Murthy as members.

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