Arun Jaitley Says Radical Changes In Film Certification Norms Soon

Amid the row over movie ‘Udta Punjab’, Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley said that movie certification norms have to be liberal.

“You will probably have a system where you will have to have a certificate. The correct word is certification and not censorship. Certification norms will have to be liberal,” he said.


Stating that he wasn’t satisfied with the existing system of film certification, Jaitley said some very ‘radical changes’ will be announced over the next few days.

“There is a well-documented report by Shyam Benegal, the first part which has come to me which is under consideration. Over the next few days we are going to announce some very radical changes in that,” he added.


During the hearing of the case against 89 cuts asked by Censor Board from the movie, Bombay High Court said that present generation wants something more mature.

The censor board stirred the controversy when it asked removal of the names of eight cities including the state’s name – Punjab – anywhere in the film and words like “MLA”, “MP”, “election” and “Parliament”.


The movie is slated for June 17 release.


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