The new office premise of the Central Board of Film Certification, CBFC was inaugurated in Mumbai today by Shri Amitabh Bachchan in the presence of I&B Secretary Shri Ajay Mittal and a number for film personalities. Also present on the occasion were Anupam Kher, former Chairperson of CBFC, Ramesh Sippy, Raveena Tandon, Sonu Sood, Pritish Nandy, Manmohan Shetty, Gajendra Chauhan, Kiran Shantaram, Mukesh Sharma among others.
CBFC, which had been functioning from the Bharat Bhavan in the White House Complex on Walkeshwar Road since 1950s, was facing a severe space constraint against drastic increase in work load. Mumbai, being the centre of the Hindi, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Punjabi film industry, accounts for nearly 60% of all certification work of CBFC. During 2015-16, it certified over 11,000 films of various duration including 787 Indian feature films and 690 foreign films for theatrical release in India.
Faced with an acute space constraint, lack of parking facility for visitors, CBFC moved a proposal for allocation of space in the Films Division Complex for a modern, digitally enabled office. It may be recalled that the online film certification system of CBFC was launched by the Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Shri Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi last week.
Speaking on the occasion, &B Secretary, Shri Ajay Mittal said the Ministry has initiated a series of measures to promote ease of doing business and reiterated government’s commitment to work closely with the film industry. Shri Ramesh Sippy welcomed the online film certification system saying it would facilitate quicker certification of films.