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‘Mark Antony’: Censor Board Finally Responds To Vishal’s Corruption Allegations; Says, ‘Any Attempt To Malign The Image Of CBFC Will Not Be Tolerated’

The Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) has finally reverted to Vishal’s allegations of corruption. The board has said in its statement that it will not tolerate any attempt to malign the image of the censor board.

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Vishal’s latest flick ‘Mark Antony’ is making news all over. The actor had recently allegedly that he was asked for Rs 6.5 Lakhs as a bribe for giving certification from the Central Board Of Film Certification to the Hindi version of his film. This caused an uproar amidst people everywhere. The Ministry Of Information & Broadcasting also took to social media to express their views on the matter.

Now the CBFC has finally reverted to Vishal’s allegations in a press note. Here’s what the CBFC said:

It has been noticed that despite the online certification system i.e. E-Cinepramaan in place and regular updates on new system improvements for the film producers/applicants, they still choose to apply through intermediaries or agents. This goes against the objective of eliminating third-party involvement in the certification process.

With the implementation of aggressive digitization, complete process automation, and emphasis on minimal human intervention, the interference of intermediaries/agents has come down significantly however, the practice still exists in some regions which is defeating the purpose of transparency and smooth functioning of the certification process.

Please do not deal with any intermediary or third-party agent. The producers/filmmakers are further cautioned that they should not encourage any third-party agents/ intermediaries. On the contrary, if any third party is claiming they represent CBFC and are demanding any sum of amount, please report it immediately to CBFC at ceo.cbfc@nic.in, romum.cbfc@nic.in.

However, we have taken note of the allegations being reported very seriously and CBFC has zero tolerance for corruption. Also, the strictest action will be taken against anyone found involved and we shall get into the root cause. Meanwhile, any attempt to malign the image of CBFC will not be tolerated.

The producers/filmmakers are hereby requested to apply their films well in advance to meet their scheduled release. However, in extreme cases of urgency, the producers/filmmakers may approach the higher officials at CBFC along with a written request and reasonable grounds for an early examination which may be entertained on a merit basis by taking details from our website and/or on ceo.cbfc@nic.in.

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