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A-plus films to hit screens

The I&B Ministry has almost formalised amendments to the Cinematograph Act 1956 , which allows screening of adult movies through digital mode, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2007 03:08 IST
Chetan Chauhan

NOT JUST adult-rated movies, Indian cine-goers may soon get to see movies rated adult-plus. But you have to be over 21 years of age to watch them. The permissible age for viewing adult movies is 18.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has almost formalised amendments to the Cinematograph Act 1956, revising the categorisation of censorship of movies and allowing simultaneous screening of movies all over the country through digital mode.

While a new adult-plus category will be added, the definition of adult (A) and universally adult (UA) movies is also being revised. “There would be more clarity on what amounts to indecent representation of women, what amounts to communalisation of content and what is against the interests of the country,” a top ministry official told HT.

In a bid to boost revenue earning from films, the ministry is likely to come out with a clear-cut policy on the use of satellite to screen movies all over the country at one go. “There are certain problems with state cinematograph rules which prohibit the use of satellite for screening films. It will be addressed in the amendments,” the official said.

The film industry has strongly sought the amendment, saying that Indian films no longer survive the box office for more than a few weeks. “Silver or golden jubilee days of films are gone. Even hit movies survive the box office for about a month at most.”

“In that case, the maximum reach of the movie in the first two weeks results in maximum revenue,” a trade analyst said.

Another major concern of the industry, piracy, is also being addressed in the amendments, by allowing security coding of digital prints released through satellite. This will prevent copying of movies from theatres, a ministry official said.

According to ministry officials, a comprehensive review of the Act has been conducted and major changes in the law would be announced via draft amendments to the Act in about a month’s time. “The law will be in tune with the best in the world. Global practices are being included in the law,” the official added.