Missing categorisation details put film posters under police scanner
By Toby Antony | Published: 16th September 2013 11:05 AM |
Onam might be a happy time for filmmakers but unlike the past, this year the police have taken a tough stance against films that are violating norms by not displaying Censor Board certification details on their posters and billboards. The police have found major violation of the Cinematograph Act and already registered cases against two films, posters of which did not feature Censor Board categorisation details.
Ernakulam North police have registered case against the film ‘Buddy’ while Fort Kochi police have registered a case against the film ‘KQ’. “There are many film posters which do not show the details of the Censor Board certificate categorising the film. The films against which cases have been registered fall in the U/A category. The posters of these films give no details of this. Therefore, we have registered cases under Section 7(1)(A)(2) of the Cinematograph Act, 1952. Under the provisions of this Act, the culprit can face upto three years’ imprisonment and fine of Rs 1 lakh, if found guilty,” a police official said.
R Rajesh, Sub Inspector of Fort Kochi police station, said that a special drive is being conducted to inspect film posters and take action against films violating the norms. “We have received information about gross violation of the Cinematograph Act. We have registered a case against the producer of the film ‘KQ’ for violating the rules. Other film posters are also being monitored closely,” he said.
City Police Commissioner K G James said that if any such violation is reported, the police would take necessary action. “During Onam, several new movies are released and posters are exhibited all over the city. Violation of laws would not be tolerated and strict action is recommended,” he said.