The Ministry of Defence formally asked the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), MEITY and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to ask the production house to obtain NOC before the telecast of any film, documentary, or web series on the armed forces.
The advisory was issued following a complaint received by the Ministry of Defence about the depiction of Indian Army soldiers and military uniforms in a bad light in a web series titled Code M on Zee5 and XXX Uncensored (season-2) on ALT Balaji, an OTT Platform of the Balaji Telefilms owned by veteran yesteryear’s Bollywood actor Jithendra’s daughter Ekta Kapoor.
The incident came to light when some concerned civilians and ex-servicemen organizations filed FIRs against ALT Balaji demanding legal action. The Ministry also said that this is being done to prevent such incidents tarnishing the image of the Indian Armed forces and hurt the sentiments of defence personnel and veterans.
“It has been brought to the notice of this Ministry that some production houses, making films on Army theme, are using contents which are distorting the image of the Indian Army. Therefore, the producers of movies or web series etc based on Army theme may be advised to obtain the NOC from Ministry of Defence before the telecast of any movie documentary on Army theme in the public domain,” said Ministry Of Defence in its letter.