CBFC - Central Board of Film Certification

What is the Central Board of Film Certification?

The India Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that regulates the public exhibition of films under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act of 1952.

Films can be publicly exhibited in India only after they have been certified by the Central Board of Film Certification.

The board consists of non-official members and a chairman (all of whom are appointed by the central government) and functions with headquarters in Mumbai. The board has nine regional offices, one each in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Cuttack, and Guwahati. The regional offices are assisted in the examination of films by advisory panels. The members of the panels are nominated by the central government by drawing people from different walks of life for a period of 2 years. 

The certification process is in accordance with the Cinematograph Act of 1952, the Cinematograph (certification) Rules of 1983, and the guidelines issued by the central government u/s 5 (B).

What is a CBFC certificate?

The India Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is a certificate required by India law to be is displayed on all poster artwork in India. This certificate shows that the film has gone through the India rating board.

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