After ‘Net Neutrality’ it’s time to ‘Save our Cinema’

Recently James Bond was Sanskar’ized by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and now it’s Deadpool which has been wrapped with the drape of mutes and cuts.

While watching Deadpool many Indians must have scratched and pulled their hairs off after hearing all the mutes and seeing ‘men and women’ instead, seems like the Censor Board has decided to bring Hollywood films to the levels of Indian daily soaps. Sounds horrible right?

Sanskari James Bond

Sanskari James Bond

Well here’s an idea to express your (Uncensored) rage and angst.

The Shyam Benegal committee that has been setup to recommend changes to the censor board is asking for public comments at rajani@nfdcindia.com according to the guidelines given here.

We made our voices heard on net neutrality and showed that the common man can influence public policy. Let’s do the same for our right to watch what we want as adults. Go to this website http://saveourcinema.in/ and send an email to the committee. Please try and read the guidelines and send your own answers if you can. Otherwise, you can send the pre-drafted one on the site and edit it as required.

Thanks to the Save Our Cinema team, who came together yesterday and rolled this out in a day: /u/that_70_show_fan-our resident expert on censorship who drafted our response as well, and /u/avinassh who coded this website in time. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or feedback.

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Save Our Cinema

he ‘Save Our Cinema’ coalition was set up to help the Indian movie watching public participate in the policy building process around censorship in the country. The Shyam Benegal committee is finalizing recommendations for a censor board revamp and is asking for public comments. We have created an easy to use tool that helps you send your responses quickly.

Why send an email?

Have you recently gone to a movie in India and scratched your head trying to understand what was going on because of all the muted dialogues? For example, in a recently released Hollywood movie which was given ‘Adult’ rating, all double meaning dialogues were ordered to be replaced with ‘Man and Woman’, and all instances of the words ‘asshole’ were ordered to be muted.

If you are tired of this ridiculous curtailment of the freedom of expression guaranteed in our constitution, there is a ray of hope. The Union Government has constituted a committee headed by Shyam Benegal, one of the most respected film makers in the country to recommend how to revamp the censor board. The committee is asking for views of film viewers on the certification process being followed by the CBFC and suggestions if any within the ambit of the existing Cinematograph Act, 1952, rules and guidelines which have withstood the scrutiny of various courts to help them finalize their recommendations. Submissions should be restricted to two pages and covering important aspects detailed here: NFDC Guidelines.

We encourage you to read the guidelines and then scroll down and click ‘Send Email’. You can edit the email before sending. You can also copy the email content to your clipboard to manually compose your email. Please keep us in BCC so that we can keep a track of emails sent. We will not use your email addresses for any other purpose. However, you can remove us from BCC if you would like.

You can copy-paste/edit the email content from here and send directly. If not, copy-paste/edit and send from your mailbox.

(content via Reddit India and Save Our Cinema)

ALSO READ; Here is a list of Deadpool scenes Censored in India

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