The battle of words between the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and its former chairman Pahlaj Nihalani has ended.
The producer and director’s film ‘Rangeela Raja’, which the Examining Committee ordered 20 cuts for, has now been passed with only three cuts by the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), also known as the Tribunal.
But according to Nihalani, even those cuts are unjustified.
“They have objection on my using names from the Ramayan and the Mahabharat. Do they think they own these scriptures? The holy books belong to all of us. And we know how to respect them,” Nihalani said.
“They also feel I was disrespecting women in the film. I’ve never done that in my 40 years as a filmmaker. In our family, women run the show,” Nihalani said.
He feels the CBFC has a vendetta against him.
“Since I was the CBFC chairperson and I am no longer there, they decided to teach me a lesson. The 20 cuts that they originally ordered were all unwarranted, unjustified and grossly unfair.
“If I was the CBFC chairperson, I wouldn’t have ordered a single cut in my film. But then I don’t know where my successor is. I’ve never met him during my attempts to get my film out of the CBFC’s clutches,” he said, referring to current censor board chief Prasoon Joshi.
Now that the Govinda-led film has been cleared, Nihalani will release it in India on January 11.
“I can’t release it in December with Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Zero’ or Ranveer Singh’s ‘Simmba’. Who will pay for the heavy losses I’ve suffered because of the delay?” he asked.