Film Certification Appellate Tribunal Abolished | Vishal Bhardwaj Calls It Sad Day For Cinema, Hansal Mehta Asks Why This Unfortunate Timing


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oi-Madhuri V

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As
per
report
in
Film
Information,
the
Film
Certification
Appellate
Tribunal
(FCAT)
has
been
dissolved
by
the
Ministry
of
Law
and
Justice
with
immediate
effect.
For
the
unversed,
FCAT
was
introduced
in
1983
as
a
statutory
body
constituted
vide
Section
5D
of
the
Cinematograph
Act,
1952
(37
of
1952)
by
the
Ministry
of
Information
and
Broadcasting,
Government
of
India.

hansal-mehta-vishal-bhardwaj

The
body
was
constituted
to
hear
the
appeals
of
filmmakers
distressed
by
the
decision
of
the
CBFC
(Central
Board
Of
Film
Certfication).
Now,
after
the
notice
passed
by
the
Ministry
of
Law
and
Justice,
the
filmmakers
will
directly
need
to
approach
the
High
Court
for
the
redressal
of
their
grievances.

Meanwhile,
celebrities
like
Vishal
Bhardwaj,
Hansal
Mehta
and
Richa
Chadha
criticized
the
abolition
of
FCAT.

Vishal
Bhardwaj
tweeted,
“Such
a
sad
day
for
cinema
FILM
CERTIFICATION
APPELLATE
TRIBUNAL
ABOLISHED
|
6
April,
2021.”

“Do
the
high
courts
have
a
lot
of
time
to
address
film
certification
grievances?
How
many
film
producers
will
have
the
means
to
approach
the
courts?
The
FCAT
discontinuation
feels
arbitrary
and
is
definitely
restrictive.
Why
this
unfortunate
timing?
Why
take
this
decision
at
all?,”
read
Hansal
Mehta’s
tweet.

Filmmaker-producer
Jai
Mehta
took
to
his
Twitter
page
and
wrote,
“What
the
hell?!
The
Film
Certification
Appellate
Tribunal
has
been
abolished?!
How
does
this
happen
overnight?
Did
anyone
see
this
coming?”

Richa
Chadha
reshared
Vishal
Bhardwaj’s
post
on
her
Twitter
page.

Guneet
Monga
posted
on
her
Twitter
page,
“How
does
something
like
this
happen
?
Who
decides
?”

In
the
past,
FCAT’s
intervention
had
helped
the
release
of
films
like
Kushan
Nandy’s

Babumoshai
Bandookbaaz
,
Alankrita
Shrivastava’s

Lipstick
Under
My
Burkha
,
Anurag
Kashyap’s

Udta
Punjab

and
Guneet
Monga’s

Haraamkhor
.

ALSO
READ:
Kangana
Ranaut
Tells
Hansal
Mehta
That
She
Knows
He
Loves
Her,
But
Wonders
Why
He
Hides
It

ALSO
READ:
Hansal
Mehta
On
NCPCR’s
Notice
Over
Bombay
Begums:
Do
These
People
Spend
All
Their
Time
Watching
OTT?





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