A debate on censorship has erupted again after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) asked filmmakers in Bengaluru for affidavits stating that they will not release any part of their film online without getting a certificate first. The CBFC regional office in Bengaluru has asked the filmmakers to sign an affidavit in this regard.
This comes at a time when a number of cases involving cringe online content, promoting misogyny and sexism have surfaced on social media.
Earlier this month, CBFC had decided to facilitate industry interaction to refine the movie certification process and this was decided at the first board meeting of the newly instituted censor board a month after writer-ad man Prasoon Joshi was appointed its chief.
But the question is will the new CBFC chief take this in the right direction?