Press Trust of India
May 06, 2012 12:52 IST
In the aftermath of the controversy over television screening of The Dirty Picture,
the government is mulling over a separate rating mechanism for films meant to be watched on TV.
"The creation of a separate mechanism for home viewing of films is being very seriously considered. The issue has been
discussed in recent meeting of officials in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry," an official source said.
"The ministry also has the option to bar channels from airing U/A rated films before 11 pm, something which many TV
channels do at present," the source added.
The ministry has been forced to review its policy after it had to step in to stop The Dirty Picture from being aired during general viewing hours.
The Dirty Picture, a 2011 film inspired by the life of South Indian actress Silk Smitha, had been initially given an
'A' (adult only) rating but subsequently got a U/A (parental guidance) after 59 audio video cuts.
A channel wanted to air the film on April 22 at noon and 8 PM before the Information and Broadcasting Ministry
issued an order to stop it.
The channel had held that the film had a U/A rating, which was like many other films showed on TV, but the Central
Board of Film Certification (CBFC) held that under the programme code, U/A cannot be shown on TV in the afternoon or
Officials said while the CBFC ratings are meant for theatre screenings of films, these are used to judge whether
these movies can be shown on TV. The TV programmes are regulated under the Cable TV Networks rules, 1994.
"To ensure that confusion, like that happened in the case of The Dirty Picture does not recur, the government will
take a decision on a new mechanism to ensure clarity over which films can be allowed for unrestricted viewing and which
cannot," the source said.