Former CBFC chief moves court against CBFC over 20 cuts in his film

Former CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani’s film Rangeela Raja has been ordered 20 cuts by the Central Board of Film Certification. He says his film has no vulgarity.

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Mumbai: Producer and former censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has moved the Bombay High Court to fight the Central Board of Film Certification or CBFC against multiple cuts ordered for his film “Rangeela Raja”.

“Yes, I’ve taken the matter to the honourable High Court. I had no choice. With the number of cuts ordered by the CBFC — and that too of harmless footage and dialogues — and with my film’s release on November 16 around the corner, I had no choice but to go to court,” said Mr Nihalani.

He says he was advised to go to the Revising Committee of the CBFC. But he chose not to.

“The decisions of the Revising Committee are monitored by the CBFC chairperson. I should know because I’ve been there. But the current chairperson (Prasoon Joshi) is out of the country. This, I believe, is often the case. In his absence, decisions on matters that the chairperson decides, are taken by his subordinates. This is completely against the guidelines,” Mr Nihalani said.

Govinda’s comeback film, Rangeela Raja also stars Shakti Kapoor, Digangana Suryavanshi, Mishika Chourasia, and Anupama Agnihotri. It is scheduled to be released on November 16.

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