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    Film-maker Shyam Benegal to head committee to revamp Censor Board

    The government on Friday constituted a committee headed by film-maker Shyam Benegal to look into the revamp of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

    The committee, which will submit its report in two months, also includes film-maker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Piyush Pandey and film critic Bhawana Somaaya. National Film Development Council managing director Nina Lath Gupta and joint secretary (films) Sanjay Murthy will also be part of the committee.

    The government said in a statement that the panel has been formed “in sync with the vision” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The recommendations of the committee are expected to provide a holistic framework and enable those tasked with the work of certification of films to discharge their responsibilities keeping in view this framework, the statement said.
    “During their deliberations, the committee will be expected to take note of the best practices in various parts of the world, especially where the film industry is given sufficient and adequate space for creative and aesthetic expression,” the statement said.

    The committee will recommend broad guidelines, procedures under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, and rules for the benefit of the chairperson and other members of the screening committee. The staffing pattern of the CBFC will also be looked into in an effort to recommend a framework which would provide efficient, transparent user-friendly services, the statement added.

    The announcement on Friday came within days of information and broadcasting (I&B) minister Arun Jaitley saying that the “time has come” to have a re-look at the functioning of the CBFC as he would like the Censor Board to be “controversy- free”.

    Film-makers have complained of arbitrary objections and cuts sought by the Censor Board in the recent past, including criticism for cuts in the latest James Bond movie Spectre for screening in India. A list of banned “cuss” words, circulated by CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani had also become a subject of controversy.

    Kalki: I would like to do a film like ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’

    From Dev.D to Shaitan, the characters you have portrayed have either dark or psychotic shades. Don’t you fear being typecast in such roles?
    First of all, I don’t think any of the characters are similar. Yeah, they are dark, but each of them is completely different in terms of the journey that they go through. In that way, I can say that a Kareena Kapoor or a Katrina Kaif or any commercial actor is typecast in the good-girl or the sweet romantic comedy genre. But honestly, I don’t think any of these characters are similar. Obviously I am doing other films as well. As long as I don’t think I have repeated myself, and I don’t think I have in Dev.D or Shaitan. The characters have been dark but very different.

    Coming to Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara…. Given the big names in the film, were you not worried about getting lost in the film?
    No, absolutely not. First of all, it’s not even in that league. The story is about three men. I am not trying to be the star of the film. For me it’s about an interesting character and challenge. If I wanted to only do roles where I am the centre of attention, then I wouldn’t be doing the kind of cinema that I am doing.

    Zoya’s filmmaking style is different from Anurag Kashyap and his ilk. What was your experience working in a set-up like Zindagi…?
    Zoya is not your typical, full-on commercial filmmaker. I think she is in between commercial and art house cinema, but definitely it is a different kind of filmmaking. There is less stress; more time spent on certain elements, which in a smaller budget you have to be restrictive about. It was actually a more relaxed shoot, but it was still very real in terms of the emotions she was telling us to go through. It wasn’t stereotyped or limited in that way. I think Zoya is somebody who works very well on characters. The production itself is more commercial and obviously big-budget, so they have more money to spend on the art or more time to spend on how pretty we look (laughs). But definitely there is sincerity to the characters.

    Are we liberal enough for sex on screen?

    It is indeed refreshing to see that Leela Samson, the recently appointed Chair of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), popularly known as the Censor Board, is looking at new methods of film classification. Now, there was a furore in the film world when Samson was appointed, as she is best known for being a dancer and therefore not a film person. What many people don’t know is that several prominent film people were offered the job, but they all declined the poisoned chalice/hot potato, call it what you will. Now, these same people are turning around and saying that Samson is not qualified. You know what? All those naysayers can just put it where the monkey puts the nuts. If they didn’t have the guts to take the job, they have no right to complain. But complain they will, because that is the nature of us Indians, filmi or not. Read More..............

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