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CBFC not certifying digital films as separate entity

NEW DELHI: Although films are being made in digital format and the government is in favour of digitisation, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) still does not have any guidelines for censoring digital films as a separate entity.


According to Prasan Sinha, who claims to have made the first full-length digital Hindi feature film Kismet – Ek Anokha Moad, the film was ultimately certified as a video film despite the fact that it has been produced for the large screen.



Sinha told indiantelevision.com that he had drawn the attention of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry officials who saw the film when it was screened at the India Pavilion at the Cannes International Film Festival last month. He was assured that the CBFC was studying this issue.


While films made in the film format are aimed for the large screen, those produced on video format are meant for television or for home viewing.



Sinha said apart from the fact that digital technology is much cheaper, there is much more clarity in video and sound. This technology is also more suitable for special effects



. Digital technology has also helped to fight the scourge of software technology, he added.




Made on a budget of around Rs 4 million with new stars, the film is based in rural India and is about the effect of urbanisation. The film also sends a message about self-employment according to producer Abhay Yadav who has also acted in the meeting.


Kismet – Ek Anokha Moad is slated for release towards the end of July.

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