Major Blockade At CBFC Created Just To Stall Padmavati?…68-Day Submission  Rule Relaxed

The 68-day submission rule for all films that apply for a  censor certificate had thrown  the workings  of  the  CBFC into a frightful tizzy.

And now in a major turn-around the rule has been relaxed after major protests from  producers  who had release dates  on hand but no censor certificate.

Informs a  source  from  the CBFC, “We have  now formed  a separate queue for films that have already announced their release date and which would miss that  date if we implement the 68-day period  as per guidelines.We  want  to ensure that none of the films up for certification misses its release.”

Sources  from the  CBFC say there are  close to 250 feature films, shortfilms, advertisements,  trailers , teasers and songs waiting to be certified.

And all because  of  the implementation  of  the  new guideline that  commands producers  to submit their films 68 days in advance  before certification.

An angry producer who has a release coming up this Friday says the 68-day rule was implemented only to “hold back” Padmavati.

“The 68-day rule was there all along. But never implemented because everyone knows it is impossible for  most producers to submit complete films 68 days in advance. Now suddenly when Padmavati was on release the CBFC decided  it had to strictly implement the dormant  rule. That meant all the releases this Friday including Kapil Sharma’s  Firangi, Sunny Leone’s Tera Intezaar and the Bollywood biggies Murder On  The Orient Express ,Cocoand Thank You For  Your Service  would have had  to be delayed, only so that Padmavati could be stopped on December 1 ,” says a disgruntled  producer.

After the  uproar over the  68-day embargo, and questions on if Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai would also be denied certification on time,  the CBFChas  swiftly come up with a “separate queue” for  films with a release date short of  the 68-day certification  period.

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