The Censor Board has said that I need to make extensive cuts to my film! What are my options?
The law says you have to appeal within 30 days to a tribunal known as the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). This tribunal can revise the decision of the Censor Board. However, the Central Government also has a lot of power to change the decisions made by the Board or the Tribunal. It can look into any film that is being considered by the Board, and can also look into any decision that has been made by the Board or the Tribunal. The Government can then make any orders to cancel or suspend a certificate, or to change a film’s certification (for example, from ‘U/A’ to ‘A’). They can also change the release of the film. Whatever the Government’s decision, the Board will have to follow its order.The Government has to hear your side of the story first, and any order only remains valid for two months. The Government can also make this procedure private if it deems it ‘against public interest’ to make it public.