FCAT abolished. Hansal Mehta to Vishal Bhardwaj, filmmakers call it a sad day for cinemaA
The FCAT has been dissolved by the Ministry of Law with immediate effect. FCAT is a statutory body constituted to hear appeals of filmmakers distressed by CBFC orders.
Many Bollywood celebrities have taken to social media to show their disappointment over the Ministry's decision.
Calling it a sad day for cinema, Vishal Bhardwaj wrote, "Such a sad day for cinema FILM CERTIFICATION APPELLATE TRIBUNAL ABOLISHED."
FCAT has proved useful for many filmmakers in the past. Alankrita Shrivastava had approached FCAT in 2017 after the CBFC had refused to certify Lipstick Under My Burkha. FCAT ordered CBFC to grant an A certificate to the film after suggesting a few edits.
CBFC refused to clear Anurag Kashyap's Udta Punjab in 2016. It was also FCAT's intervention that the film got released.