Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)

  • The CBFC also known as “Censor Board” is a statutory body under Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  • It grants certificate to regulate the public exhibition of films in India under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act 1952.
  • The mandate of CBFC is to promote recreation, education, good and healthy entertainment to public according to the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952, and Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983.
  • Films can be publicly exhibited in India only after they are certified by the CBFC.
  • The CBFC board is headed by central government appointed chairperson and 12-45 non-official members.
  • The members are eminent persons from social science, education, law, arts or films background appointed.
  • Its headquarters are in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Films are certified under 4 categories.
    • “U” (unrestricted public exhibition)
    • “A” (restricted to adult audiences]
    • “U/A” (unrestricted public exhibition subject to parental guidance for children below the age of twelve) and
    • “S” (restricted to specialized audiences such as doctors or scientists).
  • In addition to these certifications the board may also refuse to certify.



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