On March 27 at an event in Delhi at the Shatri Bhavan in New Delhi, the Minister For Information & Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu formally announced online censor certification, thereby bringing to a closure the process that was started by Pahlaj Nihalani, the current chairperson of the Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC), two years ago.
“We’ve been relentlessly working towards paper-free certification of films. Now we finally go online from April 1,” announces Nihalani proudly.
“Henceforth all teasers, trailers, ads and short films will be fully and finally certified digitally. Producers need not submit physical copies of these to the CBFC. Nor do they need to be physically present at any given time during the certification procedure,” declares Nihalani.
However feature film still need to be submitted for the physical viewing of the jury members. Explains Nihalani, “Feature films cannot be viewed and certified online. They have to be submitted for physical viewing by board members. However producers only need to visit the censor board once with their films. Once the film is viewed all paperwork will be done online.”