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

Pahlaj Nihalani Moves Court Against Censor Board's Cuts For His Film

Pahlaj Nihalani Moves Court Against Censor Board's Cuts For His Film

Filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani has approached the Bombay High Court against the many cuts imposed by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on his upcoming film Rangeela Raja.

Blasting the current censor chief Prasoon Joshi he told IANS, "This is nothing but personal vendetta". Now when my film has been submitted for censoring, they are taking out their frustrations on me. "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".

Pahlaj Nihalani said that "Thugs of Hindostan" was cleared without any hindrance as film's leading star Aamir Khan is Joshi's close friend. Pahlaj is at pains to point out that there is no double meaning inherent in the line. 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. In one sequence my heroine asks my hero what he'd like as guru dakshina.

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Nihalani says this new additional rule is bogus. Nihalani has also sought the appointment of a committee to see the film and forward their suggestions to the court. Still I've been asked to cut out this harmless playful scene. Why? "Movies like Anurag Kashyap's Manmarziyan are filled with kissing and lovemaking scenes and yet passed with a 'UA". "Prasoon Joshi is breaking guidelines to please his friends". I am going to court to fight this out. I feel that this film will touch the heart of the audience because in every household, there are people like Rangeela Raja.

Nihalani says in the petition that he has already made arrangements for the release of the film and spent crores on it. Saraogi said that the petition would be heard by the Bombay High Court on Tuesday. They have earlier worked together in films including "Ilzaam", "Shola Aur Shabnam" and "Aankhen". 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, attractive and blessed" Julie 2, which featured actress Raai Laxmi as a simple girl rising to be a superstar.

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