New Delhi: With films like ‘Delhi Belly’ and ‘No One Killed Jessica’, the censor board in India has shifted from its anti-progressive and narrow-minded tag and is now set on to be visibly perceived as “more advanced in its thinking than the society”. This statement came from none other than self confessed controversial filmmaker, Mahesh Bhatt, who himself has faced the wrath of censor axe for a large number of his films.

During a panel discussion on ‘Cinema, Creativity, Censor and Society’ at the Jagran Film Festival in the national capital on Friday, he poured eulogy on the censor board saying that it has gone ahead of the society. While discussing this topic he further expressed it is a positive thing.

Dainik Jagran inaugurated its second edition of Jagran Film Festival in Kanpur on July 9 2011. Jagran Film Festival 2011 gratifies Indian cinema in those regions where cinema of quality and creative excellence are rarely shown. The main philosophy behind this theme is to make the beauty of Indian cinema reach out to even small towns. The Jagran Prakashan Ltd identifies that there are communities in the hinterland of India where meaningful cinema is still missing.

Starting from July 9 in Kanpur, the trails of celebration have now reached ‘Dilwalon Ki Dilli’. The second edition of JFF which started with great pomp and show in Delhi on September 23  will continue till September 25, 2011.

Meanwhile, JFF, in its second year has taken a host of new initiatives by having a tie-up with CFSI, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Govt. of India in order to preview movies from the archive of Children Film Society of India.

This festival covers 12 cities of India namely Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Delhi.

In the three-day long festival in Delhi, film screening and discussions are being held on different topics by eminent filmmakers including cine icons like Om Puri, Anurag Kashayap, Sudhir Mishra, Mahesh Bhatt and Raveena tondon.

The festival will end on September 25 with a award ceremony. All the nominated movies will be screened in Delhi, where JFF jury panels comprising Satish Kaushik, Lilette Dubey, Sima Kapoor, Amit Rai and Ashok Chakradhar (Head of jury) would decide the winners in different categories such as film, director, actor, music and script.

Nuzhat Nasreen