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Kamal Hassan, Gautam in Shyam Benegal panel for censor revamp

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Actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan and director Gautam Ghosh have been included in the Shyam Benegal committee that has been set up by the government to holistically look into the functioning of controversy ridden Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) making it a six-member body.

Sources said Kamal Hassan and filmmaker Gautam Ghosh have been included in the committee. The I&B ministry had set up the panel on January 1 to take a relook at the functioning of the Board.

The committee, under filmmaker Shyam Benegal will suggest changes in the current film certification process. (PTI)

Benegal and other members of the committee, including filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, adman Piyush Pandey and film journalist Bhawana Somayaa had last week met information and broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley in Mumbai, where Minister of State Rajyavardhan Rathore was also present.

Jaitley had last week said that film certification guidelines needed contemporary interpretation and should be as non-discretionary as possible.

Earlier, before the panel was set up, Jaitley had made his desire known that he would like the Certification Board to “controversy-free” and added that he had discussed the matter with some experts as to what should be the future role of this body.