The Indian government has issued draft guidelines aimed at making cinema halls more accessible for individuals with hearing and visual impairments. These guidelines, applicable to feature films certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), mandate the inclusion of accessibility features like audio descriptions, open/closed captioning, and Indian Sign Language. Film producers are required to submit two versions of their films for certification – the original and a modified version with these features. The implementation schedule varies, with films dubbed in multiple languages needing to comply within six months and others within three years. This initiative is a significant step towards inclusive cinema, aligning with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, and promotes equality in the movie-going experience.
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