The controversy surrounding Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam’s release in Tamil Nadu is making ripples all over the nation. Several top stars from Bollywood including Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan have supported Kamal Haasan and even the Central Government is taking his side on this issue. Earlier today, in a press conference, Jayalalitha took a dig at Information & Broadcasting minister, Manish Tiwari who said that the state cannot ban a film after it’s censored, saying, “The state has full power to ban any film according to the Cinematograph Act. I think Manish Tiwari needs to do his homework properly before making such statements.”
Soon after she made the statement, the UPA led government has reportedly begun contemplating to revist the Cinematograph Act which came into effect in 1952. “It’s time the Cinematograph Act is revisited to ensure implementation integrity certification decisions. Otherwise each state would be its own censor,” Manish Tiwari said. If it really happens, it’ll have far reaching consequences in terms of state government’s interference on a film’s release. A stricter Cinematograh act will ensure a film’s release without having to worry about who’s going to protest against it. But the real question is, will it indeed happen anytime soon? Censor Boards and film industries across the entire country will welcome such a move.