The Tamil Film Producers Council, the apex body of film producers is peeved with the regional Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in Chennai. Tamil films are not getting censored as there is considerable slowdown in censoring of films due to lack of "certifying members."
In the last one week only two films have been censored, and there is a long line of Tamil films which are waiting for censor certificate. Once a Tamil film is censored depending on the certification they can approach state government for entertainment tax exemption and finalise their release date.
Remember CBFC in Chennai, the second largest in the country had certified 380 films from April 13, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Every week 5 to 6 films get censored in the Chennai office and now due to lack of members, movies waiting to get censored are piling up.
Dhanush's eagerly awaited Vela Illa Pattadhari which had applied for censor is yet to be censored. The producers had fixed July 18 as release date. Similarly, Jayam Ravi's Boologam, Karthi's Madras, Vijay Antony's Salim are all waiting in the queue. The censoring process has come to a standstill as there are not enough members available for censor process.
TFPC, Hon Secretary T Siva has written a letter to Prakash Javadker the Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, about the emergency situation prevailing regarding censoring of films. Siva in his letter said that 15 films are waiting to be censored.
Siva in his letter pointed out: "If this issue is not resolved immediately, the Tamil film industry will suffer huge financial losses. A film with release date fixed, if not released due to delay in censor certification, will lead to huge distribution and revenue losses to the producer when released later." The TFPC has requested the union minister to sort out the issue on a war footing.
The term of most of the censor board members nominated by the previous UPA government has come to an end on June 30, 2014. Now the new NDA government has to reconstitute the regional censor board and pick new members. Till then it looks like Tamil films will take weeks to get a censor certificate.