Kamal Haasan likely to be part of Benegal panel on censor board
Benegal and other members of the committee, including filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, adman Piyush Pandey and film journalist Bhawana Somayaa had last week met Information and Broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley in Mumbai.Updated: Jan 13, 2016 00:35 IST
Acclaimed actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan is likely to be included in the Shyam Benegal committee set up recently to revamp the censor board, which has been mired in controversies in the recent past.
Sources in the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry said the committee will be expanded soon in order to give representation to different regions of the country and eminent directors Shaji Karun and Goutam Ghosh could also be named its new members.
The acclaimed film-maker said that as a large number of films are made in South India and other regions, it was felt that more members could be added to the committee.
Benegal and other members of the committee, including filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, adman Piyush Pandey and film journalist Bhawana Somayaa had last week met information and broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley in Mumbai, where minister of state Rajyavardhan Rathore was also present.
The I&B ministry is actively working on the suggestion to add more members, sources, meanwhile, said.
While Haasan is a colossal figure in the Tamil film industry with four national awards under his belt, Shaji Karun has made several films in Malayalam. Goutam Ghosh has worked primarily in Bengali cinema as a director, cinematographer and music director.
The I&B ministry had set up the panel on January 1 to take a relook at the functioning of the Board.
The I&B ministry set up the Benegal panel on January 1 to look at a possible revamp of the censor board that is facing allegations of stifling artistic freedom under present chairman Pahlaj Nihalani.
The panel has been asked to submit its recommendations within two months on reshaping the censor board, officially known as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
(With inputs from PTI)
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