With several movies announcing their completion and release dates for next year, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has been flooded with requests for certifying hundreds of movies from across India. Currently, the Censor Board’s rule stated that a film has to be submitted 68 days before its release to smoothen the certification process. Salman Khan – Katrina Kaif’s Tiger Zinda Hai, Akshay Kumar’s Padman, Sidharth Malhotra’s Aiyaary and several other films might get affected with this rule. For this reason the rule now is being reconsidered.
Acoording to Zoom, a CBFC official says, "We have now formed a separate queue for films that have already announced their release dates and which would miss that date if we implement the 68-day period as per guidelines. We want to ensure that none of the films up for certification misses its release."
Due to the sudden implementation of the new rule, feature films, short films, advertisements, trailers, teasers and songs are pending with the CBFC, waiting to be certified.
The Padmavati row has deterred CBFC’s whole process and hence, nearly 250 feature films are in the queue to be approved. However, there is no clarity as of yet. Several films including Kapil Sharma’s Firangi are stuck in the certification process and we really hope they are cleared pretty soon. Tiger Zinda Hai is also yet to be certified.
In an industry where films are rushed to meet deadlines, such a strict implementation of the rule has faced backlash. The 68 day application rule is falling off. Though it could have been a blessing as well as a curse. But it might have helped the industry improve in terms of planning, execution and meeting deadlines.