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Pahlaj Nihalani who launched Govinda, Neelam, Divya Bharti to launch new faces in his new production

Censor chief Pahlaj Nihalani is all set to return to his first love: filmmaking. And he won’t work with any of the established A-listers. Apparently when news spread of Nihalani’s plans to return to film production after 9 years, actors Akshay Kumar and Govinda with whom Nihalani shares a cordial relationship in the past were considered as sold back-ups for the producer’s comebackRead More

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‘Anaarkali’ gets censored: Cbfc lists 11 cuts!

Anaarkali not Sanskari enough, Censor Board? If some latest developments are to go by, Swara Bhaskar’s upcoming film ‘Anaarkali of Aarah’ has landed itself into hot waters with the Cbfc. As per reports, the Censor Board wants as many as 11 cuts in the film, which is rather shocking! Out of the 11 scenes which are under the Censor’s scanner, one scene which has been proposed to be chopped off is the trailer that features actor Sanjay Tripathi talking to the lead, Swara bhaskar: “Amitabh Bachchan ke entry li hain aur chah rahi hain hum Amrish Puri banein!” Another scene features the word ‘Arjun’ in a poem, which according to the Censor Board might irk certain audiences. After the cuts are approved, the film is expected to get ‘A’ certification. Fighting the cuts? However, the director isn’t planning to protest or fight the cuts. Speaking about the issue,
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Bihar Government wants to promote filmmaking in the state

Bihar Government wants to promote filmmaking in the state
After the Up government welcomed filmmakers to come and shoot movies in the state, we now hear that Bihar too wants to join the list. In fact, the Bihar Government is ready to provide complete cooperation from their side to the filmmakers who want to shoot there.

For the same, it is being said that a few of these government authorities like Minister of Art and Culture Shiv Chandra Ram, Development Commissioner of Bihar Shishir Sinha, Managing Director - Bihar State Film Development and Finance Corporation, Ganga Kumar among others will be arriving in Mumbai for a meeting with the film representatives. Ashoke Pandit, filmmaker and Censor Board member revealed that the Indian Film and Television Director's Association (Iftda) have decided to hold this meeting in order to understand the possibilities, the obstacles they may face, so that they can enhance the shooting process and make it easier, like the
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Mamta Kulkarnis husband arrested by Thane police

Mamta Kulkarnis husband arrested by Thane police
Popular actress of the 90s Mamta Kulkarni who was last seen in the Dev Anand film Censor has over the years had her run-ins with the law. Now we hear that the Thane police have arrested Vicky in what is being considered as the largest drugs bust in recent times. Apparently, the Thane police have named Vicky as one of the masterminds in the large consignment of drugs which was seized amounting to approximately 18,627 kg of ephedrine (a medicine abused to make Crystal Meth), worth over Rs 2,000 crore. While the police have arrested five people which includes two from the now defunct unit of pharmaceutical company Avon in Solapur, it is learnt that Vicky had met Punit, one of the other masterminds, in 2013. Post this meeting Vicky had been routing drugs from the Us through Gujarat into various cities of India.
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Bombay High Court refuses to stay the release of Santa Banta Pvt Ltd

Bombay High Court refuses to stay the release of Santa Banta Pvt Ltd
After the trailer of the Vir Das-Boman Irani starrer film Santa Banta Pvt Ltd. , went viral, Charan Singh Sapra (Congress Mlc from Mulund) and his supporters felt that the dialogues were indecent and filthy and the script of the film was offensive and that it showed the Sikh community in very poor light. His lawyer B.A. Desai also showed the film's posters to the bench allegedly claiming indecency by the film's actors. He also urged the Censor Board to withdraw its certificate issued to the producers to screen the film. Besides stating that the film's dialogues went against the Constitution's spirit, he also added that the jokes on 'sardarji' were intended to defame them (the community). He also stated that the film's release would lead to public disorder and also could possibly also lead to a law and order situation. Lastly, he requested for an interim relief to stall the film's release.
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There is a blanket ban on gutka ads at the Censor Board

There is a blanket ban on gutka ads at the Censor Board
The Delhi government's decision to send letters to wives of Shah Rukh Khan, Govinda, Ajay Devgn and Arbaaz Khan, stars who endorse tobacco-related products has come as a welcome surprise to the Censor Board Of Film Certification (Cbfc). It also comes as a surprise to know that the Cbfc has placed a complete ban on gutka ads. Says the Cbfc chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani, "We do not even consider paan masala and any tobacco-related advertisement for censor certification. In other words, no ads related to tobacco products can be submitted to the Censor Board." So, how did they end up being shown on various home viewing media? Shrugs Nihalani, "Wherever they are shown, they are done without censor certification. You will have to ask the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Why are ads for tobacco-related products featuring actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Manoj Bajpayee and Ajay Devgn and Govinda being shown on
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Unzip your imagination with the trailer of Guddu Ki Gun!

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After getting a tremendous response for their ‘teaser’ motion poster, Guddu left many shocked as he unveiled his ‘golden’ Gun with the trailer release of the much-awaited Guddu Ki Gun. And the response to the bold yet funny trailer is so overwhelming and full of L-o-l and R-o-f-l feedback, that it’s hardly surprising to see that the trailer was trending on twitter within a few hours of its release. The motion poster which made the imaginations run wild was even trending on twitter with curious moviegoers tweeting about the kinky comedy, ‘erecting on October 30!’

Unleash the naughty in you and peep into the ‘private’ life of Guddu by watching the trailer of Guddu Ki Gun and unzip the world of the lovable and cocky Bihari casanova when his errr …life …turns golden!

Writer-director duo Shantanu and Sheershak say, “We have received hilarious response to the motion poster and people
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Vinod Tawde announces multiplexes should screen Marathi films at 6 pm

For all those cinema lovers who are planning to catch up on a Bollywood film at 6 pm in a multiplex, you will have to rethink about your plans. The reason being Maharashtra's Culture Minister Vinod Tawde's announcement that the multiplexes should now be screening Marathi films during the prime time from 6pm to 9pm. This decision was taken in the state assembly which was held yesterday.

Tawade reasoned his move stating that when Ashok Chavan was the acting Chief Minister, he had given concessions to multiplexes that the morning time (shows) will be reserved for Marathi cinemas. Tawade added that, he has only changed the same to prime time now, but had not changed the number of shows the multiplexes will have to organize.

Tawade's decision has met with mixed reaction from the Bollywood fraternity. While on one hand, Ritesh Deshmukh termed the decision as 'welcome news', on the other hand,
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Unfreedom – Trailer and Poster Premiere

The controversial new film Unfreedom has unveiled its first theatrical trailer. Banned in India and featuring an ensemble cast including Victor Banerjee, the provocative film will be released uncut in U.S. theaters on May 29.

Unfreedom juxtaposes two powerful and unflinching contemporary stories about religious fundamentalism and intolerance. Shifting between New York and New Delhi, one tale follows a Muslim terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar in order to silence him, while the other charts the travails of a young woman whose devout father tries to force her into an arranged marriage, which she resists because she is secretly in love with another woman. The four characters come face to face with gruesome acts of violence in battles of identity, sexuality, religion, love, and family.

Written and directed by Kumar, the film stars Victor Banerjee (A Passage to India, Meherjaan), Bhanu Uday (Monsoon), Bhavani Lee, Preeti Gupta, Seema Rahmani (Good Night Good Morning,
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Unfreedom – India’s Banned Movie

When a film is “banned” by the Censor Board of Film Certification, you know you are onto something. Well, that is exactly the case with Raj Amit Kumar’s film Unfreedom.

Homosexuality.

Islam.

Thinking outside of convention.

Unfreedom breaks all the “rules”.

The film follows two different lives, the storyline pivoting on a female same-sex relationship and the dangers of religious extremism.

Shifting between New York and Delhi, one story explores the kidnapping of a liberal Muslim scholar by a Muslim terrorist. The other story dives into a woman’s journey -a woman secretly in love with another woman. She faces the challenges of this love when she refuses an arranged marriage set up by her religious father.

Classified as “too controversial” for release in India, the film will release in North American theatres on the 29th of May 2015 and simultaneously on digital channels via Film Buff.

The juxtaposition of
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Banned in India, Unfreedom to Release in Us via Dark Frames

Dark Frames, a new distribution company dedicated to bringing high-quality, non-Bollywood Indian films to North American and international audiences through theatrical and digital channels, will release its first title, Unfreedom, on May 29, it was announced today by Dark Frames’ founder, Raj Amit Kumar. Veteran film marketer and distributor Mark Urman of Paladin is partnering with Dark Frames to lead the marketing and distribution of its release slate. Dark Frames will also partner with Film Buff to distribute Unfreedom at the same time on Cable VOD and other digital platforms.

Unfreedom juxtaposes two powerful and unflinching contemporary stories about religious fundamentalism and intolerance. Shifting between New York and New Delhi, one tale follows a Muslim terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar in order to silence him, while the other charts the travails of a young woman whose devout father tries to force her into an arranged marriage, which she resists
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Cbfc clears Shah Rukh Khans Happy New Year with U certificate

Cbfc clears Shah Rukh Khans Happy New Year with U certificate
Earlier this week we had reported that the soon to release Farah Khan directed multi- starrer Happy New Year was all set to be a three hour entertainer. Now we hear that the film that was recently screened for officials of the Censor Board of Film Certification (Cbfc) has been awarded a 'U' certificate. "We, at Red Chillies Entertainment (Rce), have always believed in making a film which can be enjoyed by one and all. And with U certificate attached to the film it is only going to enhanced the potential and appeal right from the kids to youngsters to adults. From the day Farah and I decided to make Happy New Year, we wanted it to be a wholesome family entertainer and now with Censor's U certificate on it, we can proudly say that this Diwali go out with your family and watch Happy New Year because as
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Censor delays throw marketing plan of Kill Dil in a tizzy

Censor delays throw marketing plan of Kill Dil in a tizzy
Very recently the Censor Board of Film Certification (Cbfc) found itself in the eye of a storm with the involvement of the Cbfc CEO Rakesh Kumar being accused of accepting bribes to expedite the certification process. Following this a number of changes have been implemented within the Cbfc as well as in the process of certification. Thanks to these new rules and regulations that are being enforced, a number of filmmakers have been finding it increasingly difficult to certify their films. Now we hear that the latest to face such trouble is the Yash Raj Film Kill Dil featuring Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra, Ali Fazal and Govinda. In fact, it is learnt that the makers of the film were forced to reconsider and adapt their marketing strategies and campaigns due to a delay in the clearance of the film's trailer. The reason behind this delay are the new rules that
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Cbfc CEO Rakesh Kumar denied bail

Cbfc CEO Rakesh Kumar denied bail
Recent news of the involvement of the CEO of the Censor Board of Film Certification, Rakesh Kumar, in corruption shocked the industry. After allegations of Kumar accepting bribes to pass films came to light, an investigation into the same had been launched. Post the investigation Kumar had been remanded to judicial custody, for which he had later applied for bail. However, on Friday a special Cbi court rejected his bail application on the grounds that investigations in the bribery case indicated that even the co-accused in the scam were working at his behest. Further citing other evidence, like witness statements that show co-accused 'worked at Rakesh Kumar's behest' and the fact that Rs 10 lakhs had been recovered from Kumar's house along with 33 branded watches and Rs 65 lakhs worth of jewellery. While rejecting the bail application, special Cbi judge Rn Joshi observed that even though the alleged crime was not heinous,
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I and B suspends censor CEO

On Tuesday, the Ministry Of Information & Broadcasting took the decision to suspend the disgraced CEO of the Censor Board Of Film Certification (Cbfc) Rakesh Kumar after Kumar's arrest. A senior officer from the I &B Ministry said, "Rakesh Kumar has left our Ministry looking compromised and embarrassed. This is the biggest embarrassment for our Ministry in recent times. We would have suspended him the moment the scandal broke out. But we wanted to wait until the Cbi provided the documented allegations. We still haven't received the papers from the Cbi. But now with his arrest, we are going ahead with the suspension." The aftermath of the scandal that has rocked the Cbfc has been far-reaching. One hears from reliable sources that the Information & Broadcasting Ministry is considering scrapping the Cbfc. I & B sources stoutly deny this suggestion. "We are definitely not looking at scrapping the Cbfc. That is a ridiculous idea.
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Cbfc CEO Rakesh Kumar arrested for second case of bribery

Recently, it was reported that the CEO of the Censor Board of Film Certification (Cbfc) had been booked after a Cbfc panel member and an agent were held accepting bribe allegedly on his behalf. Now we hear that Kumar has been arrested by the Cbi in a different case of bribery. This arrest comes after the Cbi was led to evidence of Rakesh Kumar's involvement in bribery being accepted from film producers to expedite certification by a different agent who was being interrogated for a while now. Rakesh Kumar will now be produced in court on Tuesday, post which the Cbi expects to dig out more information in the case involving collusion between the Cbfc and film producers. Interestingly, this arrest came after Sarvesh Jaiswal, who was also arrested and subsequently interrogated in the first bribery case, lead the investigative team to another agent named Kishanpalli. Later on interrogating Kishanpalli,
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Censors slam down on Johnny Levers character in Entertainment

Censors slam down on Johnny Levers character in Entertainment
Anything for a laugh? No more, it seems. When it comes to religious sentiments, the Narendra Modi government has communicated very strict guidelines to the Censor Board. No improper jokes on proper names, no matter which religious community, the name may belong to. One of the first films to get an axe under the strict terms of Modi-fications is Akshay Kumar's comedy film Entertainment. The character played by Johnny Lever is named Abdullah in the film. The Cbfc (the Censor Board Of Film Certification) which viewed the film late last week has asked for Johnny Lever's character's name to be changed. Says a source, "Lever's character is named Abdullah which is a very sacred name. Throughout the film other characters keep mispronouncing Abdullah's name, calling him all sorts of things like 'rashogollah' and 'mashallah'. The Cbfc has asked the film's producers and co-directors Sajid-Farhad to change Johnny Lever
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Allahabad High Court bans Ram-Leela

Allahabad High Court bans Ram-Leela
The Allahabad High Court on Thursday banned the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela that released on November 15. The Lucknow bench of the court comprising justices Devi Prasad Singh and Ashok Pal Singh passed the ban order based on a petition filed by Maryada Purshottam Bhagwan Ramleela Samiti, Bahraich.

As per the petition filed, the petitioner requested for cancellation of the Censor Board certification given to the film on November 1 and sought that controversial and objectionable dialogues be removed from the film. The said petition contended that the hurt religious sentiment of Hindus and its title 'Ramleela' was giving a wrong message to society.

Featuring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, the film has been doing well at the Box Office collecting Rs. 76.05 crores since its release.
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Court bans Bhansali's '..Ram Leela' in Up

Court bans Bhansali's '..Ram Leela' in Up
Lucknow, Nov 21: Sanjay Leela Bhansali's latest flick "Goliyon Ki Raasleela - Ram Leela" was banned in Uttar Pradesh by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court Thursday.

A bench of Justice Ashok Pal Singh and Justice Devi Prasad Singh passed the ban order while hearing a petition filed by Maryada Purshottam Bhagwan Ramleela Samiti from Bahraich.

In their petition, the Samiti claimed that the film, starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone and released Nov 15, had controversial and objectionable dialogues and had sought the cancellation of the Censor Board certificate to the film.

The petitioners.
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Complaint against Censor Board

Complaint against Censor Board
Social Activist Teena Sharma has demanded for a Cbi enquiry against the Censor Board of Film Certification (Cbfc) as the activist believes that double-meaning dialogues, foul language and explicit scenes are used freely in films.

Apparently, the double meaning dialogues of Anil and Ameesha in Race 2 left her fuming and she even criticized the recently released D-Day for featuring a sex scene between Shruti Hassan and Arjun Rampal, despite being in the category of U/A films. According to her, films released recently have violated the Cinematograph Act 1952, The Young Persons Act, 1956 and The Indecent Representation of Women Act, 1986. The activist is quite motivated to support this campaign, despite the fact that she does not have many supporters for it.

The hearing on her case will be held on August 7.
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