'Film censor against creativity and expression'

Published On: February 21, 2024 08:22 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: The draft of the Film Censor Work Procedure 2080 BS prepared by the Central Film Censor Board has drawn concerns from the film producers' fraternity. 

In a recent discussion programme, film director Dayaram Dahal said the proposed draft of the procedure failed to take the filmmakers in confidence. 

He said the filmmaking community doesn’t entertain the term censor. The matter should be simplified.  It should be kept within the jurisdiction of the Film Development Board instead of the ministry.  "The classification of films is needed instead of censor. The concept of film censor itself prevents filmmakers from working on the project freely. Instead of external censorship, self-censorship is needed," he reminded.

On the occasion, film director Manoj Pandit argued that the state's direct surveillance in film is unwarranted. He said the proposed draft prevents the production of film in a creative, realistic and independent way in compatibility with time and relevance.

Member of the Central Film Censor Board of Nepal, Rishiraj Acahrya, however, claimed the draft was prepared in accordance with the relevant law. The proposed law is for the time being until a dedicated Act is formulated and it would be taken ahead on the basis of wider consensus.

During the discussions, Film Development Board member Rabi Adhikari demanded the inclusion of experts in the censor board, while the term of each board member should be at least five years.



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