Pahlaj Nihalani hits out at CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi: Can’t bully me into cutting harmless scenes
Published: November 5, 2018 5:09:55 pm
Former censor board chief and filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani on Monday threatened to move 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 feels that present CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi is taking undue advantage of his position. “This is nothing but personal vendetta. When I was the chairperson (at the CBFC), I left a lot of people angry and upset with me. Now when my film has been submitted for censoring, they are taking out their frustrations on me. But I won’t go down without a fight,” Nihalani told Bollywood Hungama.
Pahlaj Nihalani said that Thugs of Hindostan was cleared without any hindrance as actor Aamir Khan is Joshi’s close friend. “Everybody knows about Prasoon Joshi’s enduring friendship with Aamir Khan. No one is surprised that Thugs Of Hindostan was given an all-clear censor certification out of turn, while my film Rangeela Raja, which was submitted well in time 60 days ahead of release, has been slapped with multiple cuts which I am not taking. No sir!” he further added.
Nihalani said that Joshi is being a biased chairperson and that he will see the latter in court. “Prasoon Joshi is breaking guidelines to please his friends. But he can’t bully me into cutting harmless scenes just because I was once in his chair and favouring no one. I am going to court to fight this out. I will see Mr Joshi in court,” said Nihalani.