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Censor Board CEO claims the cuss word list was for reference

A day after the decision to put on hold the ban on usage of 28 cuss words in films, the Chief Executive Officer of Central Board of Film Certification, Shravan Kumar, has claimed the list was sent out by chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani for reference purpose.

Kumar clarifies in his statement that, "Chairman decided to circulate the same for easy reference and guidance."

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Kumar in his statement also said, "The list of objectionable words was compiled by regional officers in 2003." It may be noted here that the Censor Board members in the meeting on Monday had asked chairperson about the source of list of cuss words that was sent out to the film producers bodies.

The CEO further says, "In the first meeting of the board held after his assumption of the charge, apart from the other issues, the board also discussed the issue of 'use of abusive language' and it was of the unanimous view that the matter required further consultation with different sections of the society before it is implemented. It was also discussed that a separate meeting of the board would be convened to deliberate on this issue."

Also read: Rift in Censor board: Chief Pahlaj Nihalani defends controversial cuss words list, slams other member

It maybe recalled that after Nihalani sent out the circular to the film producers’ body, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, who is also a board member, had tweeted against the ban of cuss words. His tweet read, "As a Filmmaker & #CBFC board member do not endorse the list issued by the Chairperson On words not to be used in films.I ws nt consulted." [sic]

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