Hansal Mehta: I would rather sell underwear than use Pahlaj Nihalani for publicity

Aligarh director Hansal Mehta hit back at Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, who had called Hansal's opposition to granting an A-certificate to Aligarh trailer a 'cheap publicity stunt'.

Written by Sonup Sahadevan | Mumbai | Updated: February 2, 2016 11:07 am
Aligarh, Pahlaj Nihalani, Hansal Mehta, Aligarh director Hansal Mehta reacts to Pahlaj Nihalani’s comments: “If I had to derive publicity from Pahlaj Nihalani, then all the years I have spent making films would be nothing but a waste of time. I would rather sell underwear on streets than use Mr. Nihalani for publicity.”

Director Hansal Mehta hit back at Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, who had called Hansal’s opposition to granting an A-certificate to Aligarh trailer a ‘cheap publicity stunt’. The director said he would rather ‘sell underwears on street than use Nihalani for publicity’.

Responding to Nihalani’s accusations, Hansal Mehta told IndianExpress.com, “These people find a very simplistic justification of any wrong that they commit. When they invade institutions like the Hyderabad university where a student has ended his life instead of addressing the students’ frustration, they are busy trying to prove that the he was not a Dalit. Similarly, here too instead of trying to look at why I am upset and what I am trying to address – they are instead saying I am resorting to cheap publicity. If that is so, then end my publicity spree by giving the film the certificate that it rightfully deserves. Also, if I had to derive publicity from Pahlaj Nihalani, then all the years I have spent making films would be nothing but a waste of time. I would rather sell underwear on streets than use Mr. Nihalani for publicity. ”   (Also read: Aligarh controversy cheap publicity stunt by Hansal Mehta, says Censor chief Pahlaj Nihalani)

Hansal Mehta also stressed on the need to do away with censorship in the country. “The fossil has started decaying and censorship has to end. It has come to the point where old outdated guidelines almost harass and suppress freedom of expression especially when your expression deals with something so important.”

Commenting on Nihalani’s comments that homosexuality is a subject not suitable for teenagers, Hansal said, “Sexuality is something that young people grapple in today’s times. When the Examining Committee saw the film they were polite and nice and when they gave me an A certificate, I told them I need a U/A because it is very important for youngsters to watch this film and understand questions about their own sexuality so that they don’t reach a repressed state of mind later in their years.” (Hansal Mehta angry after Censor Board gives Adult certificate to Aligarh’s trailer)

For the moment, Hansal Mehta has decided to approach the Tribunal for redressing his grievances. (CBFC a cultural police, represents backward mindset: Hansal Mehta)

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First Published on: February 1, 2016 2:57 pm
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    arc
    Feb 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm
    The half pant guys in RSS will like the movie. They will see their reflection.
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      mark
      Feb 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm
      If you want to throw out Nihalani as Censor chairman, it is not enough to wish to throw out Nihalani as Censor chairman. For that, you have to vote the Modi's government out in every elections.
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        DS
        Feb 2, 2016 at 3:55 am
        Mehta should start with his underwear business right away with mens lingerie being in vogue he could earn better
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          KB
          Feb 1, 2016 at 11:35 am
          kyo be safed baaal tu jo dikhayega sab ko dekhna padega kya? tu bhi tere congress ke bh@dwe jaisa hai re.... hum ko yaad hai modii PM na bane iske liye tu bhi peion sign kiya tha... MC...
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            NArayan
            Feb 1, 2016 at 12:18 pm
            Hansal..your face looks like underwear doesnt mean u should sell only underwears...
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              shrikant
              Feb 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm
              What a shame in frustrations also he dreams undergarments it speks this thinking and what kind of movies he is gpigt to produce.
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                raja
                Feb 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm
                Whose undergarments his? or others? Call themselves educated to boot!
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                  madhukar nikam
                  Feb 1, 2016 at 10:29 am
                  After the movie Hansal Mehta may just do that to survive
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                    madhukar nikam
                    Feb 1, 2016 at 1:42 pm
                    You seems to be highly experienced, if required will ask him to seek your guidence
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                      peeassSwami
                      Feb 1, 2016 at 10:25 am
                      koi bhi vyakti is tarah se khule aam kisi m0dibhakt ki hi maar sakta hain :D :D
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                        Nastik
                        Feb 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm
                        Hansal Mehta is a fine film maker, Nihalani as a Modi chamcha making C-grade films even dont know what art is? What realstic cinema is? so Bhakto pls dont write such comments-
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                          raj
                          Feb 1, 2016 at 3:42 pm
                          I don't know this man.But his comments proves that he deserves that all his films be kept in A category only.Why he wants to spoil younger lot.However the younger lot is smart enough and if they want to see the film,no one can stop them.
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                            SB
                            Feb 2, 2016 at 9:46 am
                            Because A certificate means only 18 or above can watch it.
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                              yuvan
                              Feb 1, 2016 at 6:21 pm
                              ,,, from the above photo posted (it doesnt mention who is who) even baby will tell who is the guy sitting on the street and selling underwear. from your comment its clear that you may not be liking good looking person. i too didnt mention any names...
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                                sapan
                                Feb 2, 2016 at 5:27 am
                                Mehta should be made to wear lingerie and flogged on the street.
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