Following a huge row over Kamal Haasan's movie Vishwaroopam, the Centre on Monday set up an eight member panel headed by former high court chief justice Mukul Mudgal to review the powers of the censor board and suggest measures to enable it to deal with "contemporary requirements of certification."
The panel, which includes former and current chairpersons of the censor board, Sharmila Tagore and Leela Samson as its members, along with noted lyricist Javed Akhtar, will submit its report within two months.
Its terms of reference include examining the role of the central government vis-a-vis the powers of state governments in allowing exhibition of films, following questions raised by Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa in the matter.
The certification of films for exhibition comes under the domain of the centre as per the union list of the constitution, while state list gives state governments powers over theatres and dramatic performances, cinemas subject to the provisions in the central list.
During the recent controversy over Vishwaroopam, there was a view that the movie already had certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification, required for its release, while the Tamil Nadu government had held back its release citing law and order concerns.
The committee will also review the process of providing certificates for films, including the need to have special categories of certification for broadcasting on TV and radio.