Fri. Jul 12th, 2024


Actor Vishal stirred up the hornet’s nest when he made allegations of corruption in the CBFC. Several reactions have been pouring in about the same including that of IFTDA President and former member Ashoke Pandit who demanded that guilty officials should be arrested and this wrong trend of extortion should come to an end.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcastinghas now reacted strongly to the issue and tweeted that an officer hs been deputed to investigate the matter.”The issue of corruption in CBFC brought forth by actor @VishalKOfficial
is extremely unfortunate. The Government has zero tolerance for corruption and strictest action will be taken against anyone found involved. A senior officer from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has been deputed to Mumbai to conduct an inquiry today itself. We request everyone to cooperate with the Ministry, by providing information about any other instance of harassment by CBFC at,” read the tweet.

Speaking to ETimes, Ashoke Pandit said, “As soon as an enquiry is initiated and things come out, those officers if found guilty should be punished. In fact, they should be arrested and this wrong trend of extortion has to come to an end. 3 lakhs for screening a film and 3.5 lakhs for issuing a UA certificate to the film, that’s what Vishal has accused. The system has to be right and as soon as an action is taken against it, it will be good for the industry also. The morale of the industry should not be down because small time producers who are regional producers and low budget film producers, it’s really a problem for them when such issues come up where they have to fall prey to such extortions.”
Tamil actor Vishal earlier claimed that he paid a bribe of Rs 6.5 lakh to get a censor certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification before the release of the Hindi version of Mark Antony. He also said he has all the proof to back his claims.
Mark Antony released on September 15 to a good response and the Hindi version released in theatres on September 28.


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