Critical Analysis of Film Censorship in India

  • Shubhangi Gupta and Shubham Kumar Jha
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  • Shubhangi Gupta

    Student at Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, India

  • Shubham Kumar Jha

    Student at Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, India

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This research paper presents a comprehensive critical analysis of the film censorship landscape in India. Film censorship has long been a subject of controversy, with its implications on artistic freedom, cultural expression, and societal values. The objective of this study is to analyse the evolution, processes, and effects of film censorship in India, shedding light on its historical context, underlying principles, and contemporary challenges. It also clearly outlines the historical background, legislative changes, and the role of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The paper discusses the categories of film certification and the CBFC's authority to make decisions regarding film scenes and even entire films. Furthermore, this analysis delves into the complexities and controversies surrounding film censorship. This paper highlights the potential risks of allowing a few individuals to decide what is suitable for public consumption in a medium as interpretive as cinema. This paper explores the recent Cinematograph amendment bill 2023 along with its multifaceted repercussions for the film industry while also offering valuable insights into the intricate relationship between creative expression, cultural norms, and governance. It calls for a balanced approach that upholds artistic freedom while accounting for the diverse perspectives that contribute to the rich tapestry of Indian society.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 4, Page 2088 - 2098


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