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Accessibility Guidelines for Hearing and Visually Impaired in Movie Halls

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Draft Guidelines Issued
By Indian Government
For Public Input
When
Notification Date
Not specified
Implementation Deadline
Within Three Years
From Guideline Issue
Why
To Make Cinema Accessible
For Hearing
And Visually Impaired
Inclusion and Equality
In Movie-Going Experience
What
Applicability
Feature Films
Certified by CBFC
Accessibility Features
Audio Descriptions
Open/Closed Captioning
Indian Sign Language
Assistive Technologies
Two Sets of Films
Original for Public
Second with Accessibility
Implementation Schedule
Dubbed Films
Within Six Months
National Film Awards
From January 1, 2025
Other Feature Films
Within Three Years
Where
Cinema Halls
Nationwide
Who
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
Draft Guidelines Issuer
Central Board of Film Certification
Compliance Enforcer
Film Producers
Responsible for Implementation
Hearing and Visually Impaired Individuals
Beneficiaries
How
Submission of Films
To CBFC
Providing Accessibility Features
In All Screenings
Monitoring
By Licensing Authorities
Significance
Inclusive Cinema Experience
For Disabled Individuals
Compliance with Disabilities Act
Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016
Challenges
Implementation Cost
For Film Producers
Monitoring and Compliance
Challenges for Authorities
Way Forward
Ongoing Feedback
And Amendments
Wider Implementation
Beyond Cinema Halls

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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