‘CBFC didn’t object to any Peepli scene’

CBFC Sharmila Tagore said that the board has no objection to any scenes in the Aamir Khan-produced Peepli [Live that released last weekend.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:August 20, 2010 1:46 am

Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Sharmila Tagore said on Thursday that the board has no objection to any scenes in the Aamir Khan-produced Peepli [Live that released last weekend.

“The Board has not objected either verbally or in writing,” said Tagore. “I deny that any such letter was sent by the CBFC asking for any scenes to be deleted.”

Earlier this week,two advisory panel members of the CBFC,Mohan Singh Saini and Brijmohan Sharma,wrote to Khan saying that a scene in which there is a reference to a scheme named after Lal Bahadur Shastri was derogatory and an insult to the former PM.

“The film was already certified. Once that certification is issued,it cannot be revoked. Certainly,after issuing a certificate to a film the Board — or any of its members — cannot ask for an apology or for any scene to be deleted,” said Tagore,adding that even if the two panel members had written the letter in their individual capacity,they should have taken up any personal opinion regarding the film or any scene internally.

Calling the censor board a “bridge between the Information & Broadcasting Ministry and producers”,Tagore said a serious view would be taken regarding the two members’ letter,which had also been sent to I&B Minister Ambika Soni. “Sometimes,members are chosen without consulting the chairperson,” Tagore said,asking for “caution” in these appointments and for panel members who do not belittle the stature of the CBFC.

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