Pahlaj Nihalani says, I've gone out of my way to get Farhan Akhtar and Kabir Khan's film out of censorial blockades
Pahlaj Nihalani says, I've gone out of my way to get Farhan Akhtar and Kabir Khan's film out of censorial blockades

The Central Board of Film Certification has refused to grant certification to feminist film 'Lipstick Under my Burkha'.

Due to this, CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani has been getting trolled to not certify Prakash Jha's film, to which he said, "First of all, we didn’t ban the film Lipstick Under My Burkha . The Examining Committee saw the film and refused to certify it. Now, the Revising Committee has also refused to certify the film. The film’s producer, Prakash Jha, says he will go to the Tribunal of the censor board. He knows the procedure. He has been through it with many of his films, including his last Jai Gangaajal . So what’s the fuss about?" 

Nihalani added, "There are two bodies of well-informed jury members in the two committees. They’ve all found the content of the film to be extremely objectionable. There are constant sexual innuendos and suggestions of the sex act. The language is lurid and graphic. Why just blame me?" 

He also quipped, "Have Sudhir Mishra, Farhan Akhtar and Kabir Khan seen Lipstick Under My Burkha ? How can they jump into the controversy just because it is fashionable to support any film that talks about women’s empowerment? How genuine is this film’s feminism? They attack me calling me a maker of ‘B’ grade films and listing vulgar songs that I’ve used in my films. But those songs are not even in my film. As for making ‘B’ grade films why only ‘B’ grade? I may have made ‘C’ grade and ‘Z’ grade films too. That doesn’t give me the right to certify objectionable content in my capacity as the chairperson of the CBFC. I may have made films that I might have cut if they came to me during my tenure as CBFC chief." 

Nihalani also took a dig at Farhan Akhtar and Kabir Khan, "I’ve gone out of my way to get Farhan Akhtar’s Rock On 2 and Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan out of censorial blockades. On what grounds are Farhan and Kabir tweeting and talking against me? They are fighting a cause they’ve no idea of. Please do not attack the CBFC and me just because it is considered trendy to do so." 

Also Read:

Prakash Jha will appeal to the tribunal for certification of Lipstick Under My Burkha

CBFC's justification for the refusal to certify 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'


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