Anurag Thakur Announces CBFC Facilitation Office in Chandigarh to Boost Regional Filmmaking


GG News Bureau
Chandigarh, 26th Feb. 
Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, unveiled plans for the establishment of a regional facilitation office of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in Chandigarh. This announcement, made at the closing ceremony of the Chitra Bharati Film Festival in Chandigarh, aims to enhance the ease of doing business for filmmakers in the region.

With the new facility, filmmakers from the region will have access to film screenings and the submission of cuts/modifications without the need to travel to Delhi or Mumbai for CBFC certification, thus streamlining the process and bolstering the Punjabi film industry.

Minister Thakur emphasized India’s growing stature as a content hub, attracting international productions for shooting and post-production. He underscored the importance of diverse storytelling in Indian cinema, highlighting its global appeal regardless of language barriers.

Expressing confidence in the potential of films from the Punjab region, Minister Thakur reiterated the government’s commitment to expediting the certification process by establishing the CBFC facilitation office in Chandigarh.

Additionally, Minister Thakur discussed government initiatives to enhance accessibility for specially-abled film enthusiasts, including the development of guidelines for accessible screenings. He emphasized Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for equal opportunities for all citizens, including those with disabilities.

Addressing the issue of film piracy, Minister Thakur outlined measures to combat this threat, including recent amendments to the Cinematograph Act and the appointment of nodal officers at CBFC centers nationwide to swiftly address piracy complaints.

Highlighting the significant losses incurred by the film industry due to piracy, estimated at Rs 20,000 crore annually, Minister Thakur emphasized the need for collective action to curb this menace.

Commending the organizers of the Chitra Bharati Film Festival for their efforts in promoting young talent and meaningful storytelling, Minister Thakur expressed optimism about the future success of these films on the global stage.

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