Former censor board chief and filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani on Monday moved the Bombay High Court against CBFC after the certification body ordered 20 cuts in his soon-to-release production venture Rangeela Raja. Nihalani said that the suggestion of the CBFC is unjustified and uncalled for as he firmly believes that the Govinda starrer is not vulgar in any manner.
Nihalani said, “CBFC has ordered too many cuts in my film. They have given UA certificate to Rangeela Raja. So, I have moved the High Court for relief. They have not followed any guidelines. I have been a part of the CBFC and I have been a film director and producer. I have never made films which would have anything worth a cut. Why this film? These cuts are unjustified and uncalled for.”
Pahlaj Nihalani spoke to reporters after leaving the Bombay High Court.
About seeking relief from the Bombay High Court, Nihalani said, “I hope, just as other films have got justice, the High Court will give me some relief too. They have given relief to filmmakers who had moved the High Court when the CBFC had ordered cuts in my tenure. We used to follow guidelines, and still people thought we did it unreasonably.”
“People from our society know what films they want to watch and what films they do not want to watch. I have been a producer before and I am a producer even today. It is just that I was given the duty to lead the CBFC, so I did my job faithfully. But today, Prasoon Joshi doesn’t even go to the office, in his absence, the proxy chairman is clearing films from all over the country.” Nihalani added.
The former CBFC chairperson also remarked that the current CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi should be sacked. He said, “I had started online certification for films. The chairman is supposed to see what films are getting cleared and which ones are not, but here the chairman is always travelling and doesn’t sit in office. This is illegal and the government should sack him.”