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Shyam Benegal panel suggests six types of categorisations for films
The Central Board of Film Certification often makes headlines because of its film censoring dictates, which on most of the times do not go well with filmmakers. The recent battle the CBFC had was with film 'Udta Punjab', made on the subject of drug menace in Punjab. To deal with such controversies surrounding the CBFC, the Information and Broadcasting ministry had formed a panel under eminent filmmaker Shyam Benegal.

As per a report by Deccan Chronicle, the panel has submitted its report to the ministry.In its recommendations, the Benegal panel has suggested six types of categorizations for films which include U (Universal), UA12+ (over 12 years), UAl5+ (over 15 years), A (Adult), AC (Adult with Caution) or S (for special niche audiences).

The panel said that, where the film genuinely seeks to inform and educate in matters such as human sexuality or safer sex and health, explicit images of sexual activity may be permitted but it should be assigned 'Adults with Caution' category.

In its recommendations, the panel has also said that, it's difficult to list abusive words and block them, but has suggested that offensive or abusive dialogues should lead to higher classifications. "Impossible to set out a comprehensive list of words, expressions or gestures that are acceptable at each category in every Indian language."

The Benegal panel's report also pointed out to the recent controversy on Udta Punjab issue and said, "Films that as a whole portray and promote misuse of psychotropic substances would not be accepted for certification. Works that normalise or glamorise misuse of the same are likely to receive a higher classification than works that show such misuse while emphasising or bringing out the dangers and ramifications of such use of substances."

Apart from this, the panel clearly said that the films with content, which is against the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, against the security of the State, against friendly relations with foreign States, against public order, against decency or morality and involves defamation should not be certified.

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