Mumbai: 13 March 2019: A session on film certification was held on Day 2 of the 20th edition of FICCI Frames held in Mumbai where Ms. Vani Tripathi Tikoo, Member, Central Board of Film Certification was in conversation with ad filmmaker Mr. Prahlad Kakkar.
Ms. Vani Tripathi Tikoo spoke about the certification process and the changes that have come in to place regarding the same.
She also spoke about the new generation of filmmakers and the kind of content that is doing well.
“On that congratulatory note I think it is the time for celebration that these young filmmakers are coming up with real narratives, a new tribe is emerging.” Ms. Tripathi Tikoo said.
Speaking about the young filmmakers, Ms. Tripathi Tikoo said, “They are real, they don’t fall short of telling stories that they are comfortable with… they come from various rural parts of the country. Their stories are rustic, raw.”
Talking about censorship on television, Ms. Tripathi Tikoo said, “Television was earlier nor regulated but finally the broadcast act was brought. Television content is bound by the cable act or the broadcast act and the television producers have guidelines.”
Talking about the OTT platforms, Ms. Tripathi Tikoo said, “on the OTT business all I am seeing is that there is a differentiation in terms of consuming content . There will always be a difference in consuming content as collective and as private. That will also impact the way stories are being written for these platforms.”
While speaking about portrayal of women in films, Ms. Tripathi Tikoo said, “ We cannot be devoid and not look at this new narrative but one thing which is absolutely clear is that we will not tolerate objectification of women. It’s a consistent opinion in the board. We will not pass it. And it has taken a lot of courage, great discussion and debate within the board. The auto correction should have happened long ago. But as we always say it’s better late than never”
Talking about film certification, Ms. Tripathi Tikoo added, “Certifying films is a sociological process.”
Talking about children content, Ms. Tripathi Tikoo said, “We are not here to take any kind of moral highground to say this is what people would watch but I have a child of my own who is very small and I as a parent would be concerned about what my child watches.”