Vishal Accused Censor Board Of Getting Bribe!! Shocking
Written by gokul krishnan Published on Sep 29, 2023 | 18:01 PM IST | 247
Actor Vishal has come forward with shocking allegations of corruption at the Mumbai office of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). In a video posted on his social media accounts, Vishal claimed that he was forced to pay a bribe of ₹6.5 lakh to obtain a censor certificate for the Hindi version of his film “Mark Antony.” The actor not only expressed his dismay but also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra’s Eknath Shinde to look into the matter.
Vishal, known for his work in both Tamil and Hindi cinema, began the video by clarifying that it was not a promotional stunt for his film, but rather an exposé of a concerning issue. He then delved into the details of the alleged corruption he encountered during the certification process of “Mark Antony.”
The actor revealed that the film’s team initially applied for a certification online but faced a last-minute technical glitch that required them to visit the CBFC office in Mumbai. To their astonishment, upon arriving at the office, they were presented with an option to expedite the certification process by paying a staggering ₹6.5 lakh. Vishal claimed that they felt coerced into accepting this option, as they had no other recourse.
According to Vishal, the requested payment was divided into two parts. They were told to pay ₹3 lakh for the screening of the film at the CBFC and an additional ₹3.5 lakh for the actual certification. The actor even went on to name a woman who allegedly handled these transactions. In a shocking revelation, Vishal asserted that they were informed it was common practice for filmmakers to pay ₹4 lakh if they submitted their films 15 days in advance of the release date.
Expressing his concern, Vishal emphasized that such practices should not occur within government offices, and he called upon higher authorities to investigate the matter thoroughly. He took to social media to voice his grievances, writing, “Corruption being shown on the silver screen is fine. But not in real life. Can’t digest. Especially in government offices. And even worse happening in CBFC Mumbai office. Had to pay 6.5 lakhs for my film #MarkAntonyHindi version. 2 transactions. 3 Lakhs for screening and 3.5 Lakhs for a certificate.”
The actor continued, “I have never faced this situation in my career before. I had no option but to pay the concerned mediator, Menaga, because too much was at stake since the movie released today. Bringing this to the notice of the Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra and my Honorable PM Narendra Modi Ji. I am doing this not just for myself but for future producers. This is not acceptable. My hard-earned money going to corruption? No way. Evidence is provided for all to hear. I hope the truth prevails, as it always should.”
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Vishal’s bold move in exposing corruption within the CBFC has sparked a significant public conversation about the need for transparency and accountability in government institutions, particularly within the film industry. As his allegations gain traction, it remains to be seen how the authorities will respond to his call for an investigation into the matter.
In the world of cinema, where creativity and artistry often take center stage, Vishal’s case serves as a stark reminder that the industry must also grapple with systemic issues and the need to uphold ethical standards. As the actor awaits a response from the concerned authorities, the film community and the public will be closely watching to see how this situation unfolds and whether it leads to meaningful change in the certification process for films in India.
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