India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry is all geared up to expand film censorship classifications.
U [Universal] , A [Adult] and U/A [Children must be accompanied by an adult] will continue to exist. A+ [indicating excessive gore, violence or sleaze], 12+ and 15+ are set to be introduced.
The proposed changes amending the Cinematograph Act will be implemented by October 2012.
Film censors of the CBFC said the need for devising new categories was felt as the film industry pressed for classification along international lines.
Author Jaishree Misra, who has worked as a film classifier at the British Board of Film Classification in London, thinks it’s an extremely positive step to have a more refined system than the one India has had so far:
The pressure has been growing (both from filmmakers and society) to move from less censorship to more classification. Consequently, parents rely more and more on the system to guide them and so the more ‘signals’ they get from the symbols, the better it is. The film industry can only benefit when audiences trust them not to have harmful content in their films and their regulatory system is the best way to achieve this.