The new office premise
of the Central Board of Film Certification, CBFC was inaugurated in
Mumbai today by Shri Amitabh Bachchan in the presence of I&B Secretary
Shri Ajay Mittal and a number for film personalities. Also present on
the occasion were Anupam Kher, former Chairperson of CBFC, Ramesh Sippy,
Raveena Tandon, Sonu Sood, Pritish Nandy, Manmohan Shetty, Gajendra
Chauhan, Kiran Shantaram, Mukesh Sharma among others.
CBFC, which had been functioning from the Bharat Bhavan in the White
House Complex on Walkeshwar Road since 1950s, was facing a severe space
constraint against drastic increase in work load. Mumbai, being the
centre of the Hindi, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Punjabi film industry,
accounts for nearly 60% of all certification work of CBFC. During
2015-16, it certified over 11,000 films of various duration including
787 Indian feature films and 690 foreign films for theatrical release in
Faced with an acute space constraint, lack of parking facility for
visitors, CBFC moved a proposal for allocation of space in the Films
Division Complex for a modern, digitally enabled office. It may be
recalled that the online film certification system of CBFC was launched
by the Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Shri Venkaiah Naidu in
New Delhi last week.
Speaking on the occasion, &B Secretary, Shri Ajay Mittal said the
Ministry has initiated a series of measures to promote ease of doing
business and reiterated government's commitment to work closely with the
film industry. Shri Ramesh Sippy welcomed the online film certification
system saying it would facilitate quicker certification of films.
About the new office
The Civil Construction Wing of Prasar Bharati has refurbished the new
office, which houses the chambers of the Chairman, CEO as well as the
Mumbai Regional Office. CBFC, besides its own preview facilities, can
now utilize additional preview theatres of Films Division as well to
quicken the process of film certification.
The Films Division Complex now houses the offices of Films Division,
Children's Film Society of India, CBFC and also the upcoming National
Museum of Indian Cinema, which is expected to promote synergy among
different institutions of the I&B Ministry.
PIB / MD