Seers issues rules for filmmakers; Dharam Censor Board to review films to keep check on anti-Hindu content

Lucknow: Hindu saints will now watch and censor films, teleserials and web series if there is anything against religion. Shankaracharya Swami Avimukteshwarananda, the head saint of Jyotish Math, has issued guidelines for the entertainment industry.

Saints assembled during Magh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh have formed a Dharma (religion) censor board and have decided to scan every film and such program before release. While Avimukteshwarananda will be the patron of the board, nine prominent Hindu saints are its members.

The board will begin its work with Shah Rukh Khan starrer Pathan, which will release on January 25. The board members will watch the film in the first show and decide.

Speaking to the media, Swami Avimukteshwarananda said, “The censor board will scrutinize new Bollywood films, TV dramas and web series for anti-Hindu content or distortion of facts about Sanatana Dharma.”

He said that the newly constituted board has prepared guidelines, which have been conveyed to the filmmakers. The seer asked the entertainment industry to follow the guidelines and not portray Sanatana Dharma in bad taste. The entertainment industry should aim to provide relief to the public but some vested interests are misusing it.

The Dharma Censor Board will issue a certificate to films found to be as per their criteria. While the board was constituted by the Shankaracharya last week, the guidelines were issued on Thursday. Swami Avimukteshwaranand said that the board would first talk to the filmmakers and intervene. The seers will call for a ban on the film or program if they don’t follow the guidelines.

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