Filmmakers could have knocked on the doors of the FCAT against the scandal in films. Filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj, Hansal Mehta and Guneet Monga said on Wednesday that the verdict was ‘unscrupulous’ and ‘preventing people from doing what they want’.
Filmmakers could have approached the FCAT, established by law, against the cuts made in films by the Central Board of Film Certification. After amending the Cinematography Act, the appellate body is now the High Court.
The notification of the Tribunal Reform (Streamlining and Conditions of Service) Ordinance 2021, by the Ministry of Law and Justice, was released on Sunday, according to which some appellate tribunals have been abolished and their functioning handed over to the pre-existing judicial institutions.
Mehta wrote on Twitter that this decision is ‘prudent’. He said, ‘Does the High Court have time to listen to the complaints of film certification? How many filmmakers have the resources to go to court? ‘ He said, ‘Abolishing FCAT is a prudent decision and is definitely going to stop people from doing what they want to do. Why was this done at this time? Why was this decision taken? ‘ Bhardwaj said that it is a ‘sad day’ for cinema.
Vishal Bhardwaj’s tweet.
A few years ago, Monga’s film ‘Haramkhor’ in 2016, filmmaker Alankrita Srivastava’s 2017 ‘Lipstick Under My Burka’ and Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer 2017 ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ had CBFC cut even after these films were trimmed Was approved by the FCAT.
Sharing Bhardwaj’s tweet, Monga wrote, ‘How can this happen? Who can decide? ‘ Mehta has also expressed displeasure over the abolition of FCAT.