The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) will hold an emergency meeting today in the wake of the bribery allegations leveled by actor Vishal. All sector officials will attend the meeting convened by chairman Prasoon Joshi. Actor Vishal revealed that Mumbai CBFC officials had to pay a bribe of Rs 6.5 lakh to get the censor certificate for the Hindi version of the film Mark Anthony. The actor had shared information about the transaction.
The Ministry of Information, Communications and Broadcasting has announced an inquiry into the incident. The film production association has demanded a CBI inquiry against the officials. Due to corruption allegations, the CBFC has yet to complete the censorship of other Hindi and regional films.The Indian Film and Television Directors Association has written to the Maharashtra state government seeking a CBI probe into the bribery allegations, India Today reported, quoting former CBFC official Ashok.The central government had ordered an immediate investigation into the incident. Actor Vishal expressed his gratitude on social media to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for taking immediate action on his complaint.