In India, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is responsible for regulating television programs and movies. Its guidelines for television programs and movies are as below:
- U: Unrestricted public exhibition, suitable for all ages. May air at any time on television. Such films may contain mild profanity or crude humor, mild sexual content, educational or family-oriented themes, and/or mild violence. Any nudity/drug innuendo is not allowed. Equivalent to G or PG for movies, and TV-Y, TV-Y7, TV-G, and TV-PG for TV.
- UA: Unrestricted public exhibition but with caution to give parental guidance for under 12. Such films may contain moderate coarse language or suggestive dialogue, references and use of soft drugs, people wearing minimal clothing (frontal or rear nudity is not permitted), moderate sexual content, mature themes, and/or moderate violence (including brief or implied sexual violence). Equivalent to PG-13 for movies, and TV-14 for TV.
- A: Only adults are allowed to view these programs. They're not to be aired before 11 pm. Such films will include stronger manner content, such as stronger violence, language, sex, and mature themes, and full nudity. Equivalent to R or NC-17 for movies, and TV-MA for TV.
- S: Only to a specific amount of audiences. This is very rare.
In exceptional cases the CBFC can refuse to grant a certificate, legally prohibiting the distribution of the television program or film in India.