CBFC chief for regulating OTT platforms
At Home panel meeting, he gives a discussion on reforms made by CBFC.
CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi.
At Home panel conference, he provides a discussion on reforms made by CBFC.
OTT (Over-The-Top) platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and others require to be controlled, Chairman of the Central Board of Movie Certification (CBFC) Prasoon Joshi said at a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Innovation.
The committee, headed by senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, met on Wednesday on the agenda of holding an evaluation of operating of the CBFC.
Mr. Joshi gave a presentation on the recent reforms made by the CBFC, including cutting down the average time it takes in the certification procedure.
He also mentioned that while the movies which were offered for public watching in movie theater halls were managed, similar checks and balances were missing out on for the OTT platforms. The same material in cinema hall had to go through the CBFC, while it did not require any clearance if it was aired on the OTT platforms, he stated.
When it comes to movies indicated for movie theater halls, the rules varied since it was for public watching and not individual viewing that the OTT platforms used.
The Ministry of Details and Broadcasting has actually repeatedly hinted at bringing these platforms under a structured tracking.
Pointed questions were asked by many members on how the OTT platforms would be controlled, but Mr. Joshi did not have the response.
BJP MP Nishikant Dueby explained that Singapore had actually managed to manage the content on these platforms, an example that India need to follow.
Sumalatha Ambareesh’s recommendations
Kannada actor and independent MP from Mandya Sumalatha Ambareesh, who is a member of the committee, argued that there ought to be no censorship. The board should just issue “proper cautions” and may classify them into numerous viewing classifications.
Ms. Ambareesh’s recommendations were on similar lines of the recommendations of the 2016 Shyam Benegal Committee formed to reform the CBFC.
Benegal had actually recommended that the CBFC should only be a movie accreditation body whose scope should be limited to categorising the suitability of the film to audience groups on the basis of age and maturity.
Prior to the Benegal committee, in 2013, the UPA federal government instituted a committee under Justice Mukul Mudgal with the exact same objective.
Mr Joshi sought more time to respond to on why the federal government had not yet adopted the suggestions made by either of these committees.
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