Bombay HC bashes CBFC: 'You are a certification board not a censor board'

The Children's Film Society (CFS) petitioned The Bombay High Court after the CBFC refused to give a universal certificate to a children's film Chidiakhana

Bombay HC bashes CBFC: 'You are a certification board not a censor board' Bombay HC bashes CBFC: 'You are a certification board not a censor board' Source : Press

The Bombay High Court was petitioned by the Children's Film Society (CFS) India and the makers of Chidikhana, as they wanted a "Universal" Certificate for the movie. The bench of Justices Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Gautam Patel were hearing the petition, where CBFC was not ready to provide the Universal certification to a kids movie based on child labour.

CBFC had objections for two scenes in the film, where one of the scenes had an abusive word. But even though the makers revealed that they would delete that particular scene, they refused to grant a "U" Certificate. Justice Patel stated, "Are you (CBFC) ostriches? Putting your head in the sand and pretending something does not exist. We actually wonder if your officials have children. You are a Certification Board and not a Censor Board. You will not decide what one wants to watch and see."

He further slammed them by saying, "Nobody has given you the intellectual morality and authority to decide what one wants to watch and see. Looks like we may have to redefine your role entirely because you are forming an opinion that the whole population is infantile and imbecile and you are the only one with an iota of intelligence to decide for everyone."

The judges where of the opinion that if the movie highlights issues such as racism, child or drug abuse among others, it is one of the best ways to explain the social evils. But it is reported that the matter will be heard again by the High Court on August 5 while has also asked the CBFC to file an affidavit that shows it's policies while certifying a movie for kids.

The movie Chidiakhana portrays the story of a boy from Bihar who come to Mumbai to pursue his dream of playing football.