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Name game: Censor Board wants 'Indian' in its title

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Well-placed sources said that the Board has already written to the Information and Broadcasting ministry seeking that it be renamed to Indian Board of Film Certification from the current Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

"In most nations, the film certification body is identified with the country. Like there is the British Board of Film Classification or the Motion Pictures Association of America.

The use of the word 'central' suggests the presence of state boards which is not the case with films," a source told PTI.

"Secondly, the use of the word 'Indian' would also help that when our films are screened in film festivals abroad, their identity would be more widely known," the source said.

The Board is hopeful that the name change would be cleared by the ministry and has already got a logo with the proposed name designed by the National Institute of Design.

The proposal to carry out the name change was first discussed when Ambika Soni was the I&B minister, the source said, adding, the Board is hopeful that the new minister Manish Tewari would look at the proposal favourably.

Apart from changing the logo, the censor body was also considering use of redesigned certificates which would provide more information like the film's classification.

"The Board wants its certificates to carry the film classification as well as the reason for that classification to be carried very prominently," the source said.

The redesigned certificates would reveal whether a film was rated 'A' because of excessive violence or say excessive nudity, he said.

CBFC is a statutory body under the I&B ministry. It regulates the public exhibition of films under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act 1952.

Films can be publicly exhibited in India only after they have been certified by the Board.

First Published: Sun, November 25 2012. 12:45 IST