CBFC clears the air on OTT version of Churuli
The CBFC has issued a statement wherein they clarified that the version presently streaming on SonyLIV is not the certified copy
Following the release of Churuli on November 19 on SonyLIV, the film's reliance on uncensored cuss words has upset a section of social media users who demanded to know how the film got clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The CBFC office in Thiruvananthapuram has now come forward to issue a statement wherein they clarified that the version of Churuli presently streaming on SonyLIV is not the certified copy.
"It is hereby clarified for the kind information of the general public that the Malayalam feature film Churuli which is being exhibited via OTT platform SonyLiv is not the certified version of the film," said Parvathy V, regional officer, CBFC Thiruvananthapuram, citing "misinformation is being disseminated amongst the general public".
The statement further added, "The Malayalam film titled Churuli was certified A (Adult) with suitable excisions/modifications by CBFC via diligence in accordance with the Cinematograph Act, 1952, Cinematograph Certification Rules, 1983 and guidelines issued by the government of India."
Charles George, regional head of streaming platform Neestream, told us that OTT releases don't have to be CBFC certified. He added that while CBFC rating is required for theatres releases, the films must adhere to DMEC (Digital Media Ethics Code) classification.