December 11 promises to be a red-letter day for censorship in Indian cinema. This is when the Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) will meet film producers from Mumbai and other parts of country to discuss the practical issues pertaining to the conversion of film certification to an online process.
The proposal to covert from across-the-counter certification to online has been in the pipeline for over a year now. It's now time to take the issue into the realm of reality. On December 11, Pahlaj Nihalani the chairperson of the CBFC has invited producers for a meeting to thresh out the dynamics of the conversion from physical queues to online functioning.
Says a source from the CBFC, "Once online certification starts there will be absolute transparency in the process of certification. Everything will be done on the internet. Producers will apply for a date for the certification of their films and will be allotted a date on the internet. The changes, if any, would also be recorded online. There will be no breaking of queues by producers and therefore no chances of money exchanging hands. With online certification the CBFC hopes to end all accusations of malpractices that have been leveled against the CBFC."