Pahlaj Nihalani Moves Bombay HC Against Censor Board Cuts to 'Rangeela Raja'

Pahlaj Nihalani Moves Bombay HC Against Censor Board Cuts to 'Rangeela Raja'

"A lot of people asked me who Govinda is playing. The cuts suggested for my film violate CBFC guidelines", Pahlaj Nihalani told ANI. Soon after being replaced as chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) by Prasoon Joshi in August 2017, Pahlaj Nihalani grabbed headlines with his decision to present Deepak Shivdasani's "bold, handsome and blessed" Julie 2, which featured actress Raai Laxmi as a simple girl rising to be a superstar. Nihalani states that normally, the CBFC screening committee would have taken 21 days to see the film but in his case, they took 40 days and passed an order on many cuts without hearing him out. Prasoon Joshi&Aamir Khan are good friends, so they were given preference. "But I will not go down without a fight".

Nihalani who claims to have followed all the guidelines as the censor chief, accuses Joshi of bending rules to please friends. 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 added. The CBFC wants a dialogue that refers to Ram cut, Nihalani said, because of the upcoming 2019 elections, for which a Ram temple in Ayodhya will be on the election agenda.

Nihalani said that Joshi is being a biased chairperson and that he will see the latter in court. "There is no vulgarity no double meaning dialogues". He has alleged that said cuts were mala fide in nature and that none of the scenes that have been ordered to be deleted were vulgar in nature. But he can't bully me into cutting harmless scenes just because I was once in his chair and favouring no one. I was going to release my film on Nov 8.

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With Rangeela Raja, Nihalani is re-uniting with actor Govinda after a period of 25 years. It is scheduled to be released on November 16.

Nihalani had himself faced flak for objecting to the word "intercourse" in the promo of Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Jab Harry Met Sejal" and also for refusing to clear the women-centric film "Lipstick Under My Burkha" and Anurag Kashyap's "Udta Punjab".

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