Considering the furor over the recent leak of films such as Udta Punjab, Great Grand Masti etc, the Central Board of Film Certification has now come up with safety measures to prevent further such slip ups.
CBFC has now introduced the Digital Cinema Package which protects the films from piracy and online leaks. According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, CBFC chief, Pahlaj Nihalani has introduced a three step policy for this.
“First a demand draft of Rs 20,000 which was a mandatory CESS paid by all producers to the Cine Workers Welfare Fund has been waived off. Second, the cost of submitting a film which ranged between Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 has been scrapped and the censor fee has been reduced to the bare minimum. Finally, the fee charged by three theatres – Sunny Super Sound, NFDC and Famous Studios -which screen upto three films for the censor board every week has been fixed at Rs 8000 maximum. That’s a big relief for independent filmmakers, smaller and first-time producers”, said Vijay Galani, filmmaker and Member of the Governing Council of the Indian Film and Television Producers Association (IFTPC).
The process has already been undertaken for upcoming films such as Freaky Ali and hopefully it will be a useful move.