1. ❖ Name : Rita Dabhi
❖ Sem :- 4
❖ Roll no. :20
❖ Paper :- African Literature
❖ Submitted :- Department of English, MKB
❖ Email :- firstname.lastname@example.org
❖ Batch :- 2019-2021
❏Film Censorship in India
2. ❏What is Censorship ?
Censorship is the suppression of speech,
public communication, or other
information. This may be done on the
basis that such material is considered
objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or
"inconvenient." Censorship can be
conducted by governments, private
institutions, and other controlling bodies.
3. ❏Film Censorship in India
● The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is a statutory
film-certification body in the Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting of the Government of India. It is tasked with
"regulating the public exhibition of films under the provisions
of the Cinematograph Act 1952." Films screened in cinemas
and on television may only be publicly exhibited in India after
certification by the board.
● CBFC, the regulatory film body of India, regularly orders
directors to remove anything it deems offensive, including
sex, nudity, violence or subjects considered politically
4. ❏ Film Certificate Categories :
for children below
the age of 12 years)
6. ❏Udta Punjab :
● The film, which depicted a structural drug
problem in the state of Punjab, used a lot of
expletives and showed scenes of drug use.
● The CBFC, on 9 June 2016, released a list of 94
cuts and 13 pointers, including the deletion of
names of cities in Punjab.
● Thereafter, the film was faced with further
controversy when a print of it was leaked online
on a torrent site.
7. ● In 2017, the film Lipstick Under My Burkha directed by Alankrita
Shrivastava and produced by Prakash Jha, also ran into trouble
with the Central Board of Film Certification refused to certify the
film, stating that "The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above
life. There are contagious [sic] sexual scenes, abusive words, audio
pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section
● In 2006, seven states (Nagaland, Punjab, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Andhra
Pradesh) have banned the release or exhibition of the Hollywood
movie The Da Vinci Code, although the CBFC cleared the film for
adult viewing throughout India. However, the respective high courts
lifted the ban and the movie was shown in the two states.
8. ❏Work Citation :
● Boyd, Bruce Michael. “FILM CENSORSHIP IN INDIA : A ‘REASONABLE RESTRICTION’
ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION.” Journal of the Indian Law Institute, vol.
14, no. 4, 1972, pp. 501–561. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/43950156. Accessed 28
● Panda, Aditya Kumar. “CASE STUDY: FILM CENSORSHIP IN INDIA.” Scholedge
International Journal of Business Policy & Governance ISSN 2394-3351, vol. 4, no.
2, 2017, p. 7., doi:10.19085/journal.sijbpg040201.
● RAJADHYAKSHA, ASHISH. “Yours Censoriously: Censorship in Cinema.” Economic and
Political Weekly, vol. 49, no. 42, 2014, pp. 38–41. JSTOR,
www.jstor.org/stable/24480880. Accessed 29 Apr. 2021.