This is an era of filmmakers doing rounds of lawsuits just days before the release of their movies!
Bollywood movies have made it a norm to do movies based on real persons or life events, which as a disclaimer appears before the screen after you stand up for the national anthem and are all seated for the reel time to start.
However, with the censor board being headed by Pahlaj Nihalani, has come up with a new order, it is mandatory to get an NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the kin of the biographical subject if the movie is based on real life events.
Filmmakers will not be allowed to sit on the fence. Either your work is based on true characters. Or it is a work of fiction. If you claim your film is based on facts then get us an NOC from the people concernedPahlaj Nihalani, chairperson of the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC)
‘Raees’ and ‘Rangoon’, that hit the theatres recently added the disclaimer tag to themselves rather than face the lawsuit of the the concerned relatives of the subject being portrayed on screen.
Apart from the movies, even trailers will be required to get an NOC if based on true facts.
“Earlier, trailers were shown only in movie theatres. Now they are released on social network platforms much before they hit theatres. After the trailer of Jolly LLB 2 was released there were lawsuits, as the trailer suggested that the film had real-life references. We’ve now decided to be careful with trailers as wellPahlaj Nihalani
This is going to put Ram Gopal Varma into trouble as it is reported that his recent movie Sarkaar 3 is based on the is based on the life events of Bal Thackeray. Will Varma be able to get a NOC from his family?
If not granted a NOC, he will have to state the movie to be a piece of fiction with the disclaimer, “The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.”