New Delhi: A majority of respondents to a Mint-instaVaani poll is of the view that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should only certify films and not seek cuts in them.

But to a question on whether India needs a censor board, 53% of respondents replied in the affirmative.

The findings come in the wake of CBFC asking the makers of ‘Udta Punjab’, a film on the drug problem in Punjab, to effect 94 cuts after giving it an ‘Adults Only’ certificate.

A total of 519 respondents across major metros were polled to assess their view about the censor board.

In response to a specific query on veteran film-maker Shyam Benegal’s report recommending that CBFC should only certify and not ask for cuts in films, 60%(169 of 282 respondents) said that they agree with the recommendation.

Surprisingly, 53% (179 of 335 respondents) said that the government should control what people can and cannot see. And 54% (138 of 254 respondents) said that the censor board should permit the airing of A-rated movies in the late-night slot on TV.

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