Movies

Actors shown in smoking scenes in films or TV should promote anti-smoking

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/02/Shyam%20Benegal.jpg?itok=JWzBJcMs

NEW DELHI: The Shyam Benegal Committee on Film Certification, which earlier recommended that alterations or changes in any film can be made by the Central Board of Film Certification only with the consent of the rights holder, has now said that a “meaningful static disclaimer in the beginning of the film with standard visual background approved by the Ministry of Health may be shown for a minimum time period along with an audio backing it.”

SMOKING SCENES

In a supplementary report dealing only with smoking scenes and depiction of animals in films, it has said the disclaimer should be made in all Indian languages and made applicable to all Media Platforms.

However, the periodicity of scenes depicting smoking should be avoided keeping in view the legislations in this regard.  

The Committee also suggested that as an option, producers of that film can make a short film conveying an anti-smoking message ‘by the same actor who is depicted as smoking in the film’.  

It also said the Film Industry should produce small films on anti-tobacco/smoking with popular actors on their own for screening in cinemas halls and on TV Channels. These may replace the present films in the Theatres and TV Channels shown after obtaining clearance from the Health & Family Welfare Ministry.

SCENES SHOWING ANIMALS

Referring to animal welfare and in response to the views of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), the Committee was of the view that there is a need to bring about further clarity and  simplification of the process to allow film producers the operational flexibility that is critically required in any film project. Besides, a better and comprehensive definition of “performing animals” is needed.

The Committee said there should be "licensed suppliers" of Performing Animals (PA) who are qualified in handling various animals and taking care of them as per requirement of the law, whose services can be hired by the Producers.

Such a mechanism would be of great benefit to all stakeholders who need to engage such services. This type of facilitation is available internationally and could be supported by AWBI for adoption, it added.

As an interim measure to cut down the time consumed, the Committee said that a directory of "certified (approved) personnel" of AWBI including veterinary personnel on the list of AWBI in different parts of the country may be published, enabling producers to intimate them the time of their shooting and, who would then be present at the time of shooting the performing animal scenes.

Based on the report of such certified (approved) personnel, AWBI could issue the NOC. An appropriate fee for the services rendered by such AWBI empanelled experts could also be finalised by AWBI enabling the applicant / producers to remit the same directly to AWBI while availing the services of such empanelled persons.

The Committee said often notices were issued by AWBI with regard to numerous instances where animals in normal settings during the course of shooting are interpreted as "performing animals".

In order to have some clarity on this, Committee said a "performing animal" in case of films may be defined as an animal which is written into the script of the movie, and is required to perform an act which it would not normally do. Such a clarification will allow automatic clearance for scenes of cows, goats, etc. apart from birds which often appear when picturising scenes in villages, small towns etc.

However, it cautioned that it had to be kept in mind whether it is a genuine natural shot or staged for filming which would involve the hiring, transportation, etc. of the animal/s.

The Committee suggests that in such situations, a self-declaration by the producers to this effect be submitted at the time of application to CBFC in lieu of an NOC from the AWBI.

The Committee made its recommendations in the light of the current practice in both smoking scenes and those with animal depiction.  

At present, the shorts on smoking are prepared by the Health Ministry under the Cigarettes and other Tobacco, Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Amendment Rules 2012.

These rules say that all new Indian or foreign films and television programmes displaying tobacco products or their use shall have a strong editorial justification explaining the necessity of the display of the tobacco products or their use in the film, to the CBFC; and anti-tobacco spots of minimum 30 seconds duration each at the beginning and middle of the films and television programmes; apart from anti-tobacco health warning as a prominent static message at the bottom of the screen during the period of display of the tobacco products or their use in the film and television programme. It is also stated that an audio-visual disclaimer on the ill-effects of tobacco use of minimum twenty seconds duration each in the beginning and middle of the film and television programme.

The present rules with regard to use of animals flow from the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and Performing Animals (Registration) Rules 2001 and also the Bombay High Court Judgment on 22 August 2005 in the PETA case.  

These require a Pre-shooting Permission and a No Objection Certificate (NOC) and then it is left to AWBI to accept or deny permission.

In its first report submitted to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on 26 April 2016 but placed on the Ministry’s website in late June, the Committee said that there should be no system of imposing excisions (as is practiced at present) and the CBFC must transition into solely becoming a film certification body, as indeed the name of the institution suggests.

In recommendations that are bound to stir a major debate among moralists and others, the Government-appointed Committee was of the “unanimous view that the rights owner has complete rights over his/her film.”

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