Mudgal committee proposes new Cinematograph Bill on governing cinema
An empowered panel headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana has proposed a model Cinematograph Bill to replace the Cinematograph Act 1952 to provide for a new legal framework for governing Indian cinema proposed a model Cinematograph Bill, in a report submitted to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Why was the Mudgal Committee set up?
Earlier this year, the government set up the Mudgal panel after the government felt the need to update the Cinematograph Act, 1952 in the wake of the controversy over Tamil Nadu’s ban on Vishwaroopam. Questions were raised over the decision of a particular State to invoke the law and ban the release of a certain movie, notwithstanding that the Supreme Court in the Aarakshan case had held that once a film was certified for viewing, the fig leaf of law and order could not be allowed to stand in the way.