The Censor Board chief’s new foolproof mechanism to fight the scourge called piracy
The recent spate of films turning up on the Internet for free downloads had put the Central Board of Film Certification in a tight spot. We saw how censored copies of Sairat, Udta Punjab and Great Grand Masti were available before their release. Now, it seems chief Pahlaj Nihalani has devised a mechanism to safeguard future films that are submitted for certification.
A censored copy of Nagraj Manjule’s blockbuster Sairat sprung online after the film’s success at the box office. Abhishek Chaubey’s drug drama Udta Punjab was leaked before its release. Great Grand Masti was heavily affected by the leak. The adult comedy that was to be released on July 22 got pre-poned to July 15 to reduce the impact. Even the South is heavily impacted by piracy and DVD leaks.
Filmmaker NR Pachisia, General Secretary, Governing Committee of the Indian Film and Television Producers Council (IFTPC) told Mumbai Mirror, “Censor copy leaks have led to a fear of losing money among filmmakers. While it may have had only a minor effect on Udta Punjab, it damaged Ekta Kapoor's Great Grand Masti. Piracy really kills.” He further added, “It is not just the producers losing money but also the Central Government, which loses crores in entertainment tax because of piracy.”
Filmmaker Vijay Galani, member of IFTPC's Governing Council, said, “It is now mandatory for all producers to submit their film for certification only via DCP. The CBFC chief will accept no other forms of communication. This stance has been appreciated by the IFTPC. DCP leaves no scope for mischief.”
This process will come into effect from September 1. It seems films that come for certification will come with a special encrypted code, which will make them inaccessible for viewing after a certain period of time.
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