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Censor Board not mouthpiece of government: Rajyavardhan Rathore

"Censor Board is not a government mouthpiece. It needs to provide certification and not censor stuff. We are very firm," said Rathore.

Panaji | November 21, 2015 3:54:09 pm
Censor board, Rathore Censor board, James bond spectre censor board, Spectre censor board Union Minister of State Rajyavardhan Rathore (Source: Express photo by Rohit Jain Paras)

The Centre on Saturday sought to distance itself from the raging debate over Censor Board’s moves, saying the Board is an autonomous body and its decisions do not reflect the government’s viewpoint.

Union Minister of State for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said the Censor Board is “not a government mouthpiece”. His comments assume significance after the Board’s chief Pahalaj Nihalani shortened the length of kissing scenes and cut some words in James Bond movie “Spectre”, drawing ire on social media and from his colleagues.

Rathore, who inaugrated the Indian Panorama section at the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here, said, “I spoke to the industry. Censor Board is not a government mouthpiece. It needs to provide certification and not censor stuff. We are very firm. “It’s an autonomous body and I want to advise them to work as a board. An individual’s views need not be propagated and censorship should be in tandem with the Constitution,” he said.

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