Central Board of Film Certification chief Pahlaj Nihalani on Friday said he would clear the use of the word “intercourse” in the promo and body of Imtiaz Ali’s Shah Rukh starrer Jab Harry met Sejal if he gets one lakh votes from the common people in its support. In an interview to a TV channel, he said: “You take voting from the public and I will clear the word (intercourse) on the promo and the film also. I want 1 lakh votes and I want to see that India has changed and Indian families want their 12-year-old kids to understand the meaning of this word (intercourse).”
The film’s second mini promo, released on Monday on the internet, where female lead Anushka Sharma uttered the word “intercourse” in one of the scenes has been disapproved by the CBFC for airing on television. After watching the promo, Nihalani told an English daily that they have granted a U/A certification to the trailer on condition of deletion of the intercourse dialogue. “They’re yet to come back to us on that. So in principle, the trailer has not been passed yet,” he said. Till now, three teasers or mini trailers have been released by the team. While first two introduced Shah Rukh as Harry and Anushka as a Gujarati girl Sejal, the third teaser created curiosity and mystery. The third mini trailer revealed that Anushka is in search of a ring but kept the audience in suspense of rest of the story.
“They’ve uploaded the uncut trailer on YouTube. The CBFC cannot stop content on the internet. But we can and will stop the broadcast of the uncensored footage on television,” he added. Jab Harry Met Sejal starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in the lead role will release on August 4.