Pahlaj Nihalani calls cuts in Rangeela Raja 'mala fide', claims CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi is harassing him

Producer and former censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has moved the Bombay Excessive Courtroom to combat the Central Board of Movie Certification (CBFC) in opposition to a number of cuts ordered for his movie, Rangeela Raja. In his petition, filed by way of his lawyer Ashok Saraogi to the courtroom as reproduced by LiveLaw, the director-producer claimed that the cuts ordered by the censor board had been “mala fide”.

Pahlaj Nihalani. File picture.

He additionally stated that his successor Prasoon Joshi was harassing him, appearing on behalf of the BJP authorities as “one of many agenda of the stated social gathering is about building of the temple at Ayodhya i.e. of the Lord ‘RAM’.”

His petition stated that an organization, which fits by the identify of “Netflex (sic)” carries “purely grownup programmes” and has stared an internet site named “Secret {Game} (sic)” that’s “within the nature of blue movies.” Movies like Veere Di Marriage ceremony, Stree, Manmarziyaan are additionally cited as examples of movies that had been granted certification regardless of having “vulgar scenes and dialogues”.

Nihalani’s petition additionally stated that he was being harassed as he was “very strict” throughout his time because the CBFC chief.

He had beforehand advised IANS: “Sure, I’ve taken the matter to the honourable Excessive Courtroom. I had no alternative. With the variety of cuts ordered by the CBFC — and that too of innocent footage and dialogues — and with my movie’s launch on 16 November across the nook, I had no alternative however to go to courtroom.”

He shared that he was suggested to go to the Revising Committee of the CBFC. However he selected to not.

“The choices of the Revising Committee are monitored by the CBFC chairperson. I ought to know as a result of I have been there. However the present chairperson (Prasoon Joshi) is in a foreign country. This, I consider, is usually the case. In his absence, choices on issues that the chairperson decides, are taken by his subordinates. That is fully in opposition to the rules.”

Rangeela Raja stars Govinda in a double position.

(With inputs from Indo-Asian Information Service)





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