Press Trust of India
November 14, 2012 17:29 IST
BMukesh Bhatt described the growing instances of frivolous litigations as an abuse of the legal system
Film and Television Producers
Guild (FTPG) has sought the Centre's intervention to
discourage frivolous litigations challenging the content of
films that have been certified for exhibition by the CBFC.
In a letter to the new Information and Broadcasting
Minister Manish Tiwari on November 9, Guild president Mukesh
Bhatt said the judicial process has been ill-treated by
political parties and fake interest groups to achieve self
"Even kickstarting a procedure by initiating
litigation and summoning the CBFC, producers, directors,
actors, distributors of the films is sufficient to give
mammoth publicity to the litigant on one hand and cause undue
harassment to those associated with the film on the other
hand," Bhatt wrote.
The filmmaker noted that a film scheduled for release
is therefore perceived as a potential wage for undue gains in
terms of money, fame, publicity and it has become a preferred
tendency to approach courts at the last minute before the
scheduled release to suit such malafide purpose.
Bhatt described the growing instances of frivolous
litigations as an abuse of the legal system, which is meant
for protection of individual rights and freedom.
Moreover, any attempt to trigger the process of
pre-censorship by addressing frivolous letters to the CBFC, as
has been done in several instances, results in CBFC being
over-cautious, conservative and using a magnifying glass to
certify films for public exhibition, Bhatt said.
The freedom of speech and expression of a filmmaker is
thus jeopardised when the CBFC acts in an unstructured and
conventional manner, Bhatt said.
"It is disheartening to mention that the film makers
have also been exploited at the instance of government and
public authorities who have themselves demonstrated lack of
faith in the CBFC as statutory body constituted for
certification. Films such as Aarakshan and Mausam are
witnesses to such exploitation," Bhatt said.
The need of the hour is to instill faith in the expert
body which comprises of qualified members competent to certify
films, he said.