In a major relief to film makers, the Central Board of Film Certification, popularly known as Censor Board has announced that henceforth film makers can submit films for certification in digital DVDs.
Earlier film's first print in physical prints were submitted. In the last one year most films are made in digital format. So there is no physical reels. For screening the film for Censor board members producers had to upload the film to a digital broadcaster like UFO or Cube. This cost Rs 1 lakh. This had to be done in Chennai or Mumbai and also involved travel. After the censor board gave cuts or modification the process had to be repeated for release of the film for public screening. Thus each producer would spend between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh in this process.
Now with the Censor board watching the DVD version directly, the uploading for satellite broadcast to theatres will be done only once after the censor certificate is given.
Bangalore's Regional Censor Officer, Nagendra Swamy, speaking to Chitraloka said "It will immediately save each producer Rs. 50,000M It also saves their commuting charges to Chennai. Most importantly the local studio empanelment scheme will help all studios in Karnataka. From CBFC point of view it will help to enforce censor cuts properly and also the Cinematograph Act.
Now Kannada cinema industry must recognise nagendra Swamy support and his efforts.