India's film makers are discussing a decision by the Indian government's to abolish the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).
The FCAT was set up in 1983 by India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to hear appeals by filmmakers
aggrieved by the decision of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). With its headquarters in the capital, New Delhi, the FCAT was headed by a chairperson and had four other members, including a secretary appointed by the Indian government.
In its order earlier this week, the government said the high court and not the FCAT will now hear the appeals by filmmakers who do not agree with the CBFC's suggestions or certificates for their films.
The move has made Indian filmmakers,
mainly in Mumbai-based Bollywood, angry and anxious. Alankrita Shrivastava, director of feminist film Lipstick Under My Burkha , told Al Jazeera the abolition of FCAT will make filmmakers like her more vulnerable. The director said:
If there is a disagreement with the decision of the censor board, filmmakers will have to go directly to the high court. This may cause long delays, meaning a greater financial burden on filmmakers. It is a setback for