I&B Ministry calls for truce between filmmakers and the CBFC #censorship #bollywood


VICKEY LALWANI, Mumbai MirrorMar 29, 2013, 11.54AM IST
(A still from Dabangg )

I&B Ministry calls for truce between filmmakers and the CBFC over censorship issues

At a time when Hindi films have come under criticism for disrespectful portrayal of women, and Censor Board decisions are increasingly being viewed as arbitrary, the Information & Broadcasting Ministry has stepped in to broker peace between the warring parties – the producers and the Board.

The bone of contention being the Cinematograph Act 1952 that the film industry thinks is outdated. The I&B Ministry has called for a meeting with all parties concerned between April 3 and April 5, though the venue hasn’t been decided yet. Representing the film industry will be Farhan Akhtar, Ramesh Sippy, President of the Producers’ Guild Mukesh Bhatt, President of the Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers (AMTPP) Sajid Nadiadwala and Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association Chief TP Agarwal.

Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Chief Leela Samson and CBFC CEO Pankaja Thakur will represent the censors. Also present will be senior members from the special panel that was instituted under the chairmanship of judicial expert Mukul Mudgal to review the functioning of the Censor Board.

The meeting will set the pace for the necessary amendments to the Cinematograph Act 1952, after taking into consideration suggestions by all concerned. Special song and dance numbers, foul language, and scenes portraying actors and actresses smoking and drinking are likely to be discussed during the meet.

Agarwal confirmed the news and said: “The very fact that the meeting spans three days indicates we are going to have a very long discussion. I am very optimistic about the outcome.” Said Mukesh Bhatt: “Today, there is a lot of ambiguity about what will be cut and what will go through. As things stand, there are no guidelines.”

Meanwhile, a filmmaker on the condition of anonymity, said censors seem to have turned a bit too prudish. “Recently, Leela Samson assured there is a wrong impression within the film industry that the Censor Board has adopted a rule to certify all special numbers with an ‘A’ (adults only) certificate. Despite the assurance, filmmakers are extremely cagey. The meeting on April 3 is very good news for the films being made,” the source said.

On the subject of special numbers – particularly Fevicol Se from Dabangg 2 and Sheila Ki Jawaani from Tees Maar Khan – having faced a lot of flak, a leading producer (on request of anonymity), said: “It isn’t now that special numbers have come into existence. One can think of many actresses in the past who have done such numbers. Is it that the censors turned a blind eye to them simply because they weren’t lead actresses? Moreover, cuss words are chopped in one film while they are retained in another film. What are the rules? Who draws the line, and where?”

Writer-director Rensil D’Silva said: “Too much money rides on movies. If there is clarity, there will be no jolts at the time we submit our films to the censors.”

When contacted, I&B Minister Manish Tewari said: “We already have a panel headed by judicial expert Mukul Mudgal to look into certain issues which the film industry has. But if they still have some issues, we are ready to walk the extra mile.

 

The one and only Fimfare Award winner for #Sholay, dies in penury #RIP


 

Sholay

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PTI

MUMBAI: Film editor M S Shinde (83), who edited over 100 hit films, including Sholay, died in penury here on Friday, at the PMGP Colony in a tiny 160 square feet room where he stayed with his youngest daughter Achala.. “It was old age and lack of enough finances to take care of my father in his old age.” said Achla

Shinde’s daughter Achla, who has been taking care of her father for nearly a decade, said, “It is sad the film industry forgets people once they retire. Even after the media wrote about my father’s financial and health condition nobody from the film industry came forward to help.”

Until six months ago, they were living in Parel, in central Mumbai. But the building collapsed and they were forced to shift to the slums after the building’s owner reportedly refused to help them.

“We had to shift here because the building had collapsed and there was no help as such,” Prerna , his elder daughter said.

He was keeping unwell for quite some time and was unable to pay his medical bills. The cine wing of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had offered to help him financially.

Back in his younger days, Mr Shinde used to work on a monthly payroll of Rs 2,000 with Ramesh Sippy. He has edited most of Ramesh Sippy’s movies like Seeta Aur GeetaSholay and Shaanamong others.

The veteran also worked with producers like I S Johar and Sanjay Khan, F C Mehra and others. Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Zamanna Deewana was his last film in 1995. He had bagged the Filmfare award for best editing for Sholay in 1975.

 Sholay was nominated for nine film fare awards but it was only M S Shinde  film’s editor, and the only person to win a Filmfare award for  Sholay. He has edited over 100 movies over the years, including ‘films like SagarSeeta Aur GeetaBrahmachari and Ram Jaane. Shinde had fallen on hard times and had been living in PMGP Colony in Dharavi for the last two years. He was forced to shift there after the building he lived in Parel collapsed and the owner refused to help. Achla said, “There are so many producers who have not paid my father but he had too much self-respect to go and ask for his dues.”

Shinde did not like to talk about his condition. It was the late Dadasaheb Phalke‘s great grand daughter-in-law Mrudula who found about his condition and approached the cine wing of the MNS which has now offered to help.Veteran actor AK Hangal, who passed away last month, too had needed financial help. Bollywood came to Hangal’s rescue but Shinde and his family were left to fend for themselves.

Shinde lost his wife Prafula to cancer in 2006 and is survived by three daughters — Prerna, Achala and Renuka.

His last rites were performed in the evening at around 7.30 pm at Shivaji Park.

 

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