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Central Board of Film Certification

Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is a statutory body under this Ministry for regulation of films for public exhibition, under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952. On Certification of the CBFC, films can be publicly exhibited in India.

The Board consists of non-official members and a Chairman which functions with the Headquarter at Mumbai. The members of panel are nominated and appointed by the Central Government for a period of two years by drawing people from different walks of life. CBFC has nine regional offices, functioning at Bangalore, Chennai, Cuttack, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram. The regional offices are assisted by Advisory Panels for examination of films.

The films are certified in following categories in accordance with the Cinematograph Act, 1952, the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983 and the guidelines issued by the Central Government under Section 5 (B) of Cinematograph Act, 1952:

  • अ:U – Unrestricted Public Exhibition.
  • अ/व:U/A – Unrestricted Public Exhibition but with a word of caution that discretion required for children below 12 years.
  • व:A – Restricted to adults.
  • S - Restricted to any special class of persons.

Central Board of Film Certification has also been incorporated with online Certification facility to process the applications received for public exhibition certificate.

To visit Central Board of Film Certification’s Website, go to https://www.cbfcindia.gov.in

To apply online for certification of films, go to https://www.ecinepramaan.gov.in