Minorities Commission raises issue of minority portrayal in movies with CBFC

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Updated: November 13, 2021 7:57:00 am

National Commission for Minorities, Central Board of Film Certification. NCM Chairperson Iqbal Singh Lalpura, portrayal of minorities in Indian movies, indian expressNCM Chairperson Iqbal Singh Lalpura said that the Commission, along with the CBFC, will resolve the issue and put in place a protocol on the portrayal of minorities in movies by December | Twitter/@ILalpura

THE NATIONAL Commission for Minorities (NCM) and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) will look at putting in place by December a protocol for the portrayal of minorities in movies, Commission Chairperson Iqbal Singh Lalpura said on Friday.

The Commission has acted upon the rising number of complaints over the issue and taken it up with the CBFC, he said.

“We have received a number of complaints. One complaint from Tamil Nadu said there has been a poor portrayal of Christians in Rudratandav. Jathedar Sikhs have also complained about the ‘poor portrayal’ of Sikhs in movies. We are looking into the matter,” said a Commission official.

Sources in the Commission said the complaints so far have been general; no specifics have been given as to how the portrayal of minority communities in Indian movies has been inappropriate.

“These complaints need to be looked at and investigated. We have directed the CBFC to furnish us with all relevant information by December. The country is divided into nine regions under the CBFC and there is a five-member movie screening committee in each region, headed by a regional officer. It is mandated that there must be at least one woman on each committee but there is no such mandate for a member of the minority community to be on these committees,” said a Commission official.

The Commission is looking at the possibility of mandating the nomination of a minority member in these screening committees in each region.

“We have asked both the CBFC and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to furnish us with details on how the selection to these committees and the censor board takes place. We will be discussing the matter with the Ministry,” said an official.

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