Cinematograph Act, 1952
24. Revising Committee
(1) On receipt of the record referred to in rule 22, the Chairman may, of his own motion or on the request of the applicant, refer it to a Revising Committee constituted for the purpose.
(2) The Revising Committee shall, subject to sub-rule (5), consist of a Chairman and not more than nine members, being members of the Board or members of any of the advisory panels, to be specified by the Chairman:
13 [PROVIDED that subject to the provisions of sub-rule (11), the Chairman shall give due representation to women in the Committee by nominating such number of women members as he thinks fit.]
(3) The Chairman or in his absence a member of the Board nominated by the Chairman shall preside at every meeting of the revising committee.
(4) The Regional Officer of the centre where the application was received under rule 21, may be invited to attend any meeting of a Revising Committee and participate in proceedings thereof but he shall have no right to vote thereat.
(5) No member of the advisory panel who has been a member of the Examining Committee for any film shall be a member of the revising committee in respect of the same film.
(6) The provisions of sub-rules (4) to (8) of rule 22 shall apply mutatis mutandis to the examination of films by the Revising Committee or the Board.
(7) The Revising Committee shall examine the film at the applicant's expense, on such date, at such place and at such time, as the Chairman may determine.
(8) For the purpose of examination by a Revising Committee,-
(a) the applicant shall present the same clear runable print of the film which was shown to the Examining Committee and he shall make no change whatsoever in it and he shall furnish the necessary declaration in writing in that behalf;
(b) the applicant shall be required to furnish fifteen typed or printed copies of the complete synopsis of the film together with the full credit titles and of the full text of songs, if any, with reel number, and where he has made a representation under sub-section (2) of section 4, fifteen copies thereof shall also be furnished:
PROVIDED that where the film is in a language, other than English or any Indian language, the applicant shall furnish fifteen typed or printed copies of the translation in English or in Hindi of the synopsis together with full credit titles and of the full text of the songs, if any:
PROVIDED FURTHER that in the case of a film referred to in the preceding proviso, the Chairman may direct the applicant to furnish also fifteen typed or printed copies of the translation in English or Hindi of the full text of the dialogue, speeches or commentary:
PROVIDED ALSO that where the Chairman is satisfied that the applicant is not able to furnish the documents specified in this sub-rule for reasons beyond his control the Chairman may direct that the submission of such documents be dispensed with.
(9) Immediately after examination of the film, each member of the Revising Committee shall before leaving the preview theatre record his recommendations in writing in form VIII set out in Schedule II spelling out in clear terms the reasons therefor and stating whether he or she considers-
(a) that the film is suitable for unrestricted public exhibition, i.e., fit for 'U' certificate; or
(b) that the film is suitable for unrestricted public exhibition but with an endorsement of caution that the question as to whether any child below the age of twelve years may be allowed to see the film should be considered by the parents or guardian of such child, i.e., fit for 'UA' certificate; or
(c) that the film is suitable for public exhibition restricted to adults, i.e., fit for 'A' certificate; or
(d) that the film is suitable for public exhibition restricted to members of any profession or any class of persons having regard to the nature, content and theme of the film, i.e., fit for 'S' certificate; or
(e) that the film is suitable for grant of 'U 'or' UA' or 'A' or' S' certificate, as the case may be, if a specified portion or portions be excised or modified there from; or
(f) that the film is not suitable for unrestricted or restricted public exhibition, i.e., that the film be refused a certificate, and if the Chairman is away from the regional centre where the film is examined the form aforesaid shall be prepared in duplicate.
(10) The presiding officer of the Revising Committee shall, within three days, send the recommendations of all the members of the Revising Committee to the Chairman and where the Chairman is away from the centre where the film is examined, by registered post.
14 [(11) The quorum of the Revising Committee shall be five members of whom at least two persons shall be women:
PROVIDED that the number of women members shall not be less than one-half of the total members of a Committee constituted under sub-rule (2).]
(12) The decision of a Revising Committee shall be that of the majority of the members attending the examination of the film and, in the event of an equality of votes, the presiding officer shall have a second or casting vote:
PROVIDED that where the Chairman disagrees with the decision of the majority of the committee, the Board shall itself examine the film or cause the film to be examined again by another Revising Committee and that the decision of the Board or the second revising committee, as the case may be, shall be final.