Sections Particulars
Part I Preliminary
1 Short title, extent and commencement
(1) This Act may be called the Cinematograph Act, 1952. (2) Parts I, II and IV extend to the whole of India 1[***] and Part III extends to the Union Territori...
2 Definitions
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,- (a) "adult" means a person who has completed his eighteenth year; (b) "Board" means the Board of Film Cert...
2A Construction of references to any law not in force or any functionary not in existence in the State of Jammu and Kashmir
Any reference in this Act to any law which is not in force, or any functionary not in existence, in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, shall, in relation to that...
Part II Certification Of Films For Public Exhibition
3 Board of Film Certification
(1) For the purpose of sanctioning films for public exhibition, the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute a Board to be ...
4 Examination of films
(1) Any person desiring to exhibit any film shall in the prescribed manner make an application to the Board for a certificate in respect thereof, and the Boar...
5 Advisory panels
(1) For the purpose of enabling the Board to efficiently discharge its functions under this Act, the Central Government may establish at such regional centers...
5A Certification of films
(1) If, after examining a film or having it examined in the prescribed manner, the Board considers that- (a) the film is suitable for unrestricted public exhi...
5B Principles for guidance in certifying films
(1) A film shall not be certified for public exhibition if, in the opinion of the authority competent to grant the certificate, the film or any part of it is ...
5C Appeals
(1) Any person applying for a certificate in respect of a film who is aggrieved by any order of the Board- (a) refusing to grant a certificate; or (b) granting...
5D Constitution of Appellate Tribunal
(1) For the purpose of hearing appeals against any order of the Board under section 5C, the Central Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette,...
5E Suspension and revocation of certificate
(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (2) of section 6, the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, suspend a certifi...
5F Review of orders by Central Government
(1) Where an applicant for a certificate or any other person to whom the rights in the film have passed, is aggrieved by any order of the Central Government u...
6 Revisional powers of the Central Government
(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Part, the Central Government 10[may, of its own motion, at any stage,] call for the record of any proceeding in...
6A Information and documents to be given to distributors and exhibitors with respect to certified f
Any person who delivers any certified film to any distributor or exhibitor, shall, in such manner as may be prescribed, notify to the distributor or exhibitor...
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7 Penalties for contraventions of this Part
(1) If any person- (a) exhibits or permits to be exhibited in any place- (i) any film other than a film which has been certified by the Board as suitable for ...
7A Power of seizure
(1) Where film in respect of which no certificate has been granted under this Act is exhibited, or a film certified as suitable for public exhibition restrict...
7B Delegation of powers by Board
15[(1)] The Central Government may, by general or special order, direct that any power, authority or jurisdiction exercisable by the Board under this Act shal...
7C Power to direct exhibition of films for examination
For the purpose of exercising any of the powers conferred on it by this Act, the Central Government, the Tribunal or the Board may require any film to be exhi...
7D Vacancies, etc. not to invalidate proceeding
No act or proceeding of 4[the Tribunal,] the Board or of any advisory panel shall be deemed to be invalid by reason only of a vacancy in, or any defect in, t...
7E Members of the Board and advisory panels to be public servants
All members of 12[the Tribunal,] the Board and of any advisory panel shall, when acting or purporting to act in pursuance of any of the provisions of this Act...
7F Bar of legal proceedings
No suit or other legal proceeding shall lie against the Central Government, 17[the Tribunal,] the Board, advisory panel or any officer or member of the Centra...
8 Power to make rules
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this Part. 3[(2)...
9 Power to exempt
The Central Government may, by order in writing exempt, subject to such conditions and restrictions, if any, as it may impose, the exhibition of any film or c...
Part III Regulation Of Exhibitions By Means Of Cinematograph
10 Cinematograph exhibitions to be licensed
Save as otherwise provided in this Part, no person shall give an exhibition by means of a cinematograph elsewhere than in a place licensed under this Part or ...
11 Licensing authority
The authority having power to grant licenses under this Part (hereinafter referred to as the licensing authority) shall be the District Magistrate: that the ...
12 Restrictions on powers of licensing authority
(1) The licensing authority shall not grant a license under this Part, unless it is satisfied that- (a) the rules made under this Part have been substantially...
13 Power of Central Government or local authority to suspend exhibition of films in certain cases
(1) The Lieutenant-Governor or, as the case may be, the Chief Commissioner, in respect of the whole or any part of a Union territory, and the district magistr...
14 Penalties for contravention of this Part
If the owner or person in charge of a cinematograph uses the same or allows it to be used, or if the owner or occupier of any place permits that place to be u...
15 Power to revoke license
Where the holder of a license has been convicted of an offence under section 7 or section 14, the license may be revoked by the licensing authority. ...
16 Power to make rules
15[(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules- (a) prescribing the terms, conditions and restrictions, if any, subjec...
17 Power to exempt
The Central Government may by order in writing exempt, subject to such conditions and restrictions as it may impose, any cinematograph exhibition or class of ...
Part IV Repeal
18 Repeal
The Cinematograph Act, 1918 (2 of 1918) is hereby repealed: that in relation to Part A States and Part B States the repeal shall have effect only insofar as t...
Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983
1 Short title and commencement
(1) These rules may be called the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983. (2) They shall come into force on lst day of June, 1983. ...
2 Definitions
In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,- (i) "Act" means the Cinematograph Act, 1952 (37 of 1952); (ii) "advisory panel" means the advisory pane...
3 Terms of office
(1) A member of the Board shall hold office during the pleasure of the Central Government. (2) Subject to the provisions of sub-rule (1), the Chairman shall h...
3A Representation of women in the Board
The Central Government may take such steps as it thinks fit to appoint women members in the Board so that there is due representation for women.] ...
4 Casual vacancy
A casual vacancy caused in the Board by resignation, death or removal of a member or otherwise shall be filled by the appointment of another member who shall ...
5 Headquarters
Unless otherwise directed by the Central Government, the headquarters of the Board shall be at Bombay. ...
6 Temporary absence of Chairman
Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, when the Chairman is unable to discharge his functions owning to absence, illness or any other cause, the ...
7 Constitution of advisory panels
(1) The Central Government shall constitute an advisory panel at each of the regional offices of the Board. (2) An advisory panel constituted under sub-rule (1...
8 Term of office of members of advisory panels
(1) A member of an advisory panel shall hold office during the pleasure of the Central Government. (2) Subject to the provisions of sub-rule (1), every such me...
9 Officers of the Board
(1) For the purpose of enabling the Board to perform its functions under the Act, the Central Government may appoint a Chief Executive Officer, Regional Offic...
10 Duties of the Board
The Board shall, in addition to other duties prescribed under these rules,- (1) submit an annual report to the Central Government reviewing the work done by t...
11 Assessment of public reactions to films
With a view to determining the principles to be observed in certifying films, the Board may take such steps as it thinks fit to assess public reactions to fil...
12 Terms and conditions of service (other than salary and allowances) of the Chairman of the Board and allowances payable to the other members of the Board
(1) The Chairman, if he is a paid full-time officer, shall be entitled to draw traveling and daily allowances as admissible under the Fundamental and Suppleme...
13 Allowances payable to members of the advisory panel
(1) Every member of the advisory panel shall be entitled to draw traveling and daily allowances for journeys performed by him for attending the meetings of th...
14 Meetings of the Board
(1) The Board shall ordinarily meet once a quarter for the transaction of business but the Chairman may at any time call an extraordinary meeting, if he consi...
15 Co-opted members
The Chairman may co-opt the Chief Executive Officer or any one or more of the Regional Officers or any officer of the Central Government as a member or member...
16 Notice of meeting
(1) At least 6[twenty one clear days’] notice of all meetings of the Board shall be given to each member but an urgent meeting may be called by the Chairman a...
17 Business ordinarily to be transacted at meetings
The business of the Board shall ordinarily be transacted at a meeting duly called in accordance with the provision of these rules: that the Chairman may, if h...
18 Quorum
At every meeting of the Board four members if the Chairman be present, and six members if he be absent, shall form a quorum. ...
19 President of the meeting
Meetings of the Board shall be presided over by the Chairman or in his absence by a member elected by the members present from among themselves. ...
20 Question to be decided by majority of votes
Every question before the Board shall be decided by a majority of votes and in the case of equality of votes, the Chairman or the member elected to preside un...
21 Application for examination of films
(1) Every application to certify a film for public exhibition shall be made in writing in 2[Form I or Form IA or Form II or Form IIA, as the case may be,] set...
22 Examining committee
(1) On receipt of an application under rule 21, the Regional Officer shall appoint an Examining Committee to examine the film. The examination shall be made a...
23 Certification
On receipt of the record referred to in sub-rule (12) of rule 22, the Chairman, unless the provisions of sub-rule (1) of rule 24 are attracted, direct the Reg...
24 Revising Committee
(1) On receipt of the record referred to in rule 22, the Chairman may, of his own motion or on the request of the applicant, refer it to a Revising Committee ...
25 On receipt of the orders of the Board under section 4 or section 5A,
The Regional Officer shall communicate the same to the applicant by registered post or in such other manner as in the circumstances of the case he deems fit ...
26 Issue of certificate subject to removal of portions of film
(1) Where the applicant is informed by a Regional Officer that a film will not be granted 'U' or 'UA' or 'A' or 'S' certificate, as the case may be, unless a ...
27 Preservation of film
The portion or portions of the film and of all copies surrendered to the Regional Officer as provided in rule 26 shall be preserved for a period of six months...
28 Deposit of a copy of certified film
(1) In the case of a feature film after 1[the Chairman or] the Regional Officer has affixed his signature to the certificate granted under the foregoing rules...
29 Validity of certificate
(1) A certificate granted by the Board under sub-section (1) of section 5A in respect of a film shall be valid for a period of ten years from the date on whic...
30 Compliance with section 6A
(1) The manner of notification to the distributor or exhibitor for the purpose of section 6A, shall be by delivery of a duplicate copy of the certificate (con...
31 Uncertification of a film under section 6
Where in exercise of the powers conferred by section 6 of the Act, the Central Government by notification directs that a certified film shall be deemed to be ...
32 Re-examination of certified films
(1) Where in respect of a film which has been certified for public exhibition, any complaint is received by the Board, the same shall be forwarded to the Cent...
33 Alteration of film after issue of certificate
(1) When a film is altered by excision, addition, colouring or otherwise after it has been certified under these rules, it shall not be exhibited unless the po...
34 Amendment of certificate granted by the Board after notification under section 6
When a notification is published under the powers conferred by section 6 of the Act, declaring that a film in respect of which a 'U' certificate or 'UA' certi...
35 Certificates
(1) A certificate authorizing the public exhibition of a film shall be in one of the 2[Forms IV, IVA, V, VA, VI, VIA, VII or VIIA] set out in Schedule II acco...
36 Fees
(1) A fee shall be charged for the examination of every film at the rates laid down in the following Table and the same shall be paid either in cash or remitt...
37 Power of entry
The Chairman or any member of the Board or an advisory panel or a Regional Officer or any other officer or member of the staff of the Board or any officer of ...
38 Advertisement of films
Any person advertising a film granted 'UA', 'A' or 'S' certificate or the exhibition of such film by means of insertions in newspapers, hoardings, posters, ha...
39 Maintenance of register
(1) The Board shall 1[maintain] a register in which shall be entered,- (a) the name of every film examined under the Act; (b) the name of the person applying ...
40 Certain films to continue to remain uncertified films
If a film has been declared by a notification issued before the 15th January, 1951 by any State Government to be an uncertified film in any part or parts of t...
41 Time limit in relation to certification of films
(1) After an application under rule 21 for the certification of a film, complete in all respects (including the proof of payment of fees) is received, the Boa...
42 Preservation of records of certification of films
(1) Records of certification of feature/ long film shall be preserved by the Board for a minimum period of twelve years. (2) Records of certification of all sh...
43 Terms and conditions of service of the Chairman and members of the Appellate Tribunal
(1) The Chairman and members of the Appellate Tribunal shall hold office during the pleasure of the Central Government. (2) Subject to the provisions of sub-ru...
44 Fees for appeal to the Appellate Tribunal
(1) Subject to sub-rule (2) below, fees at the rate laid down in the following table shall be payable along with every appeal petition preferred under sub-sec...
Schedule I
[Rule 21] Sl. No. Regional Office situated at Films imported into or produced in (1) (2) (3) 1. Bangalore State of Karnataka 2. Bombay States of Gujarat, Madhya...
Schedule II
[Rule 21(1)] (No. and date of application (to be entered by Board's office) To The Central Board of Film Certification through the Regional Officer at ...........
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