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I&B ministry seeks change in language for credits in Indian films

Filmmakers can think of more than one regional language.

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MUMBAI: Should titles and credits in feature films in Indian languages be shown in English?

That’s what the Ministry of Information And Broadcasting (I&B) would like to get the industry’s feedback on.

In a notice issued today, the I&B ministry has announced its intent to include a new provision under rule (22) of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules 1983 which will enforce the display of titles, casting and credits in the original spoken language of the film, whether Hindi or a regional tongue. This apart, film makers can show the credits in any other language also.

The I&B ministry says that most film makers tend to run the titles, cast and crew in English even if the language of the film is Hindi or any other Indian language. And since the committee of petitions in the Rajya Sabha has directed that the English practice should be stopped and replaced by Indian languages, the ministry has decided to get the public’s feedback on the proposed amendment before going ahead with it. 

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