By RAHUL RAUT

This year’s most anticipated movies – Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ and Salman Khan’s ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ which are scheduled to release on 1st December and 22nd December respectively, might postpone. These films have strong possibility to get delayed as it might not get censor certificate untill January 2018 due to a new rule the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) has suddenly implemented.

Shocking! Padmavati and Tiger Zinda Hai might postpone

If this happens, it will probably be the first time a film would postpone because of a delay in the censor certificate. “Apparently, the CBFC has used Rule 41 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 which states that the total time limit for getting a film censored requires 68 days. There is a process involved which begins from the scrutiny of applications, the formation of examining committee, forwarding the EC report to Chairman, communication of the order to the applicant, surrender of cuts by the producer, examination of cuts to the issue of the certificate. The producers who have applied for the censor certificates of their films have to go through this process now,” Pinkvilla reported today quoting a trade source.

“If you go by that rule, it will surely mean the delay in the release dates of films like Firangi, Padmavati and Tiger Zinda Hai and none of them will get a censor certificate till January 2018. Recently, when Padmavati’s application for a censor certificate had come up for review, it was sent back as the paperwork was incomplete. Firangi has recently applied for a censor certificate while Tiger Zinda Hai is yet to apply. But everyone is choosing to keep a tight-lipped silence as nobody knows what’s going on.”

According to the online portal, the producers waiting for their film’s censor certificate have apparently been told that there’s a backlog of films waiting to be censored. “The Rule 41 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952, has always been there but it’s never been implemented as it’s impractical. No one can show a film 68 days in advance. There has always been a backlog of films including when Pahlaj Nihalani was the Chairperson but he always accommodated everyone as he understood the gravity of the situation and would censor films according to their release dates,” the source added.

If the aforementioned rule isn’t skipped, not only big movies like ‘Padmavati’ and ”Tiger Zinda Hai’ but most of the films scheduled for November and December will also get delayed as the majority of those forthcoming releases haven’t been censored by CBFC yet. Due to this, the single screens and multiplexes won’t have Hindi films to run which will lead to a huge loss in revenues in theatrical.

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