Ashoke Pandit slams Pahlaj Nihalani over ‘Jai Gangajal’ cuts

Censor board member Ashoke Pandit has again questioned his chief Pahlaj Nihalani for making cuts in films, this time in 'Jai Gangaajal'.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: January 5, 2016 9:38 am
Ashoke Pandit, Pahlaj Nihalani, Priyanka Chopra, Jai Gangaajal Censor board member Ashoke Pandit has again questioned his chief Pahlaj Nihalani for making cuts in films, this time in the upcoming Priyanka Chopra-starrer cop drama “Jai Gangaajal”.

Censor board member Ashoke Pandit has again questioned his chief Pahlaj Nihalani for making cuts in films, this time in the upcoming Priyanka Chopra-starrer cop drama “Jai Gangaajal”.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) wanted to give the film an ‘A’ certificate due to a few violent and abusive scenes, but director Prakash Jha did not agree and wanted a ‘UA’ certificate.

Jha, in a recent interview, said he was offered a ‘U/A’ certificate with 11 cuts.

Pandit, himself a filmmaker, took to Twitter to criticise Nihalani. “Sad that a filmmaker like @prakashjha27 has to face problems at #CBFC. What was #PahalajNihalani doing at the #RevisingCommitee? #JaiGangaajal,” he wrote. (Read: Did not make voluntary cuts in ‘Jai Gangaajal’: Prakash Jha)

While Rajkumar Hirani was allowed to retain the word ‘saala’ in the title of his next, “Saala Khadoos”, Jha said he has been asked not to use the same word in “Jai Gangaajal”.

Hinting towards censor board’s apparent different treatment to the two movies, Pandit said, “Why was no #CBFC #BoardMember involved in the #RevisingCommitee during the screening of #JaiGangaajal? On what basis does #CBFC chairman allow cuss words in a film & not in another? Does it depend on his relationship with d maker?#JaiGangaajal. (I don’t see censor panel has anything to do with Pahlaj Nihalani: Shyam Benegal)

“Why r Board Members not on the revising committee? Is it just because we don’t agree with archival thoughts of the  Chairman?#JaiGangaajal #CBFC,” he further posted.

Pandit added that the new committee formed by the government to revamp the censor board should begin its working as soon as possible. It is headed by eminent filmmaker Shyam Benegal.”#ShyamBenegal ji should immediately look in to the functioning of the CBFC off & analyse how the Chairman manipulates screening of films. #JaiGangaajal.”

The panel would submit its report in two months. It also includes filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, adman Piyush Pandey and film critic Bhawana Somaaya.

This is not the first time that Pandit has raised his voice against the censor board making cuts. He had objected to the cuts in films like “NH10”, “Spectre”, “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Dum Laga Ke Haisa”.

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      Pee Vee
      Jan 5, 2016 at 9:22 am
      It is not about Censor Board but the current Chairperson of Censor Board. PAhlaj Nihlani has been acting very unreasonable since he was appointed the chairperson of CBFC and he is the self proclaimed biggest bhakt of Modi. So much so that he made a video about developments made by Modi govt, but the problem was that all the shots were lifted from all over the world but India. So super Stupid Modi bhakt, please know your facts before you start abusing others/
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        Shubs
        Jan 5, 2016 at 5:19 am
        Langur ke haath me angur - this is the result of appointing bhakts to positions of power.
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          Shubs
          Jan 6, 2016 at 5:19 pm
          Don't you have to be somewhere starting a riot as$.0le?
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          1. sohan aggarwal
            Jan 5, 2016 at 4:23 am
            If the chief word is a fatwa, why have the board!
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