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Tuesday , February 5 , 2013
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Centre rushes to guard film turf

New Delhi, Feb. 4: A committee with Sharmila Tagore and Javed Akhtar as members will “review” the Cinematography Act to make it more robust and ensure films aren’t stuck after the censor board’s clearances.

The Centre announced the panel today, days after Union information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari cautioned states against meddling in the Centre’s job of film releases in the wake of Tamil Nadu’s ban on Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam.

The ban, which followed protests by some Muslim organisations that alleged the film showed the religion in poor light, was lifted yesterday following an agreement between Kamal and the groups.

The eight-member committee formed today by the Union information and broadcasting ministry has been asked to submit its recommendations within two months. The panel with Sharmila — a former censor board chief — will be headed by former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal.

Minister Tewari had last week announced the Cinematography Act would be revisited to remove uncertainty over the fate of films after they have been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), or the censor board.

The committee will review the CBFC’s mandate and functioning, and recommend legal changes to enable the board to deal with contemporary requirements of certification and increased transparency. It will also examine the need for special categories of certification related to TV and radio .