Movies

Industry asks Govt to help prevent frivolous litigation against films

NEW DELHI: The film industry has strongly protested the manner in which the freedom of speech and expression has been ‘grossly mistreated by filing of frivolous litigations against the content of cinematograph films‘ despite their getting certified by the Central Board for Film Certification.


In a letter to Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, Film and Television Producers Guild of India President Mukesh Bhatt described this as an "extremely serious issue concerning the entire film fraternity all over the country as it is abuse of the legal system which is meant for protection of individual rights and freedom".


Bhatt said: “Any litigation initiated for challenging the content of a cinematograph film as objectionable after its certification by CBFC is superfluous and gratuitous since it disregards the authority and competence of CBFC. Such litigation is detrimental to the society at large apart from the film industry and needs to be discouraged. Moreover, any attempt to trigger the process of pre-censorship by addressing frivolous letters to the CBFC as has been done in several instances results in CBFC being over-cautious, conservative and using a magnifying class to certify films for public exhibition. The freedom of speech and expression of a filmmaker is thus jeopardized when the CBFC acts in an unstructured and conventional manner."


He added: "It is disheartening to mention that the filmmakers have also been exploited at the instance of government and public authorities who have themselves demonstrated lack of faith in the statutory body constituted for certification. Films such as Aarakshan and Mausam are witnesses to such exploitation."


Urging the Minister to find ways to discourage speculative litigation, Bhatt said the judicial process had also been "ill-treated at the hands of political parties and fake interest groups who find such frolicsome litigations an effortless and uncomplicated way to achieve self-advertisement and popular choice. Even kick starting a procedure by initiating litigation and summoning the CBFC, producers, directors, actors and distributors of cinematograph films is sufficient to give mammoth publicity to the litigant on one hand and cause undue harassment to those associated with the film on the other hand."


A film scheduled for release is "therefore perceived as a potential wage for undue gains in terms of money, fame and publicity and it has become a preferred tendency to approach courts at the last minute before scheduled release of a film to suit such mala fide purpose", Bhatt added.


However, he said the courts had been vigilant in evaluating and addressing such mischief. The Delhi High Court while deciding the validity of summons issued on the famous painter M F Hussain in relation to a contemporary painting made by him had ‘rightly observed that our scenario of painters, actors, writers, directors and theatre personalities being dragged to court on account of a mechanical exercise of issuance of summons results in growing fear and curtailment of the right of the free expression in such creative persons is hardly a desirable or an acceptable state of affairs’.


"The need of the hour is therefore to instill faith in the expert body which, in my respectful submission, comprises of qualified members competent to certify films. It is also pertinent to inspire faith in the process of certification which prescribes a reasonable classification of certification such as ‘A‘, ‘U/A‘, ‘S‘, ‘R‘, based on the content", he said

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/05/27/afternoon-cloud.jpg?itok=njqV-vkh
FTII short film fails to get the Cinéfondation award at Cannes Fest

The only Indian film that had officially made it to Cannes - the short film from the Film and Television Institute of India - has failed to get any awards although it was among the sixteen films shortlisted by the Cinéfondation Selection of the Cannes International film festival to mark the...

Movies Short Films
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/05/26/sachin.jpg?itok=dtD-NTop
Sachin: A Billion Dreams....For Staunch Sachin fans.

Films on sports did not work with the Indian audience for a long time. If at all some producers dared make a film, it would be mainly on cricket. Of the dozens of films made on sports, less than half a dozen have worked while a couple of others, like Iqbal and Budhia Singh: Born To Run, earned...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/05/24/PURI.jpg?itok=JgCgwt9d
Om Puri Foundation unveiled in Cannes to help arts, farmers

The Om Puri Foundation has been unveiled today at the 70th Cannes Film Festival to carry forward his legacy and the high standards set by him as an actor on films, television and the theater.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/05/22/bhaubali2.jpg?itok=30z3Zmp4
Bahubali continues to rule the box office as it pushes aside others in third week

The fact that films and cricket remain its dominant entertainers on television was evident when the Zee TV premiere of Dangal on 21 May and the final of the IPL T20 on Sony Max took the toll at the box office. Last Friday saw the release of two totally different genre films - Hindi Medium and Half...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/05/22/cannes.jpg?itok=DWBPFQ4q
Cannes delegates apprised of opportunities in Indian film industry

India has invited some masters of world cinema to conduct master classes and workshops in Film Bazaar at the International Film Festival of India in Goa in November and visit different locations in India.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/05/19/hindi.jpg?itok=pjMi1Kq1
Hindi Medium....Fun in parts

Hindi Medium is meant to be a satire on the education system as it has evolved in India lately. Just about every institution likes to add the word ‘International’ to its name and claim to be affiliated to a system of education somewhere in the West.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/05/19/Shiv%20Relan_0.jpg?itok=MX4mj9oI
Multi-entertainment channel broadens horizon by adding 'Movies' & 'Buy' options

MUMBAI: The Indian Movie Channel (TIMC), a multi-entertainment channel, is now all set to broaden its horizon by adding two interesting features, brand new segments – TIMC Movies and BUY option. The brand new features on the TIMC website presents users with an engaging experience with enhanced BUY...

Movies Movies On Mutiple Platforms
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/05/19/Maharaja%20Duleep.jpg?itok=AdpvrGOf
Special screening of Maharaja Duleep Hollywood biopic at Cannes

NEW DELHI: Even though no Indian feature film has been selected for the 70th Festival de Cannes this year, an award-winning historic film biopic on the poignant life story of the last King of Punjab – Maharajah Duleep Singh – also known as The Black Prince -- will be screened at a special...

Movies International
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/05/17/shemaarooo.jpg?itok=eH_QW2Zc
Vkaao & Shemaroo to re-release cult classic 'Namak Halaal' in theatres

Vkaao, India’s first ever ‘theatre-on-demand’ service associates with Shemaroo ShowTime – a sub-brand of Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd that deals in screening of iconic block buster films on big screens.

Movies Hindi

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories