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Another Historic Judgment Undermining The Censor Board’s Powers



After the honourable High Court’s historic judgment reversing the cuts in Abhishek Choubey’s Udta Punjab that were  ordered by the Censor Board Of Film Certification, another judgment reversing the CBFC’s Revising Committee’s cuts for Indra Kumar’s sex comedy Great Grand Masti  once again proves the growing redundancy of the CBFC.

In another benchmark  decision the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal(a.k. a  the Tribunal) upturned all the cuts ordered by the CBFC.

Says a well-informed source, “The Examining Committee(EC) had found many scenes and dialogues in Great Grand Masti highly vulgar and objectionable. Rather than go to the Revising Committee(RC) the makers of Great Grand Masti went straight to the Tribunal appealing for a restoration of the cuts.The Tribunal asked to be shown three recent sex comedies Mastizaade, Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 and Grand Masti. Based  on the content that was allowed in these three sex comedies the Tribunal restored most of the cuts in Great Grand Masti  and passed the film with an ‘Adults’ certificate.”

Exceptionally enough , the Tribunal asked the makers of Great Grand Masti to make  voluntary cuts.

All the cuts ordered by the EC were restored . After this the Tribunal asked the makers of Great Grand Masti to make their own cuts.

Says a  source, “The makers were given the prerogative to take voluntary cuts. They made 6-7 token  cuts and came back to the Tribunal who passed the film without further ado. After the honourable High Court’s verdict on the cuts in Udta Punjab and the Tribunal’s ‘voluntary cuts’ for Great Grand Masti, the CBFC has been reduced to a mererubberstamp.”

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