A day after filmmakers from the Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA) gathered together in support of Kushan Nandy’s Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, which has been ordered many major verbal and visual cuts, censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has hit out at the movie’s supporters for defaming the CBFC.

Nihalani claims the brouhaha with the IFTDA has been planned to bring publicity for Babumoshai Bandookbaaz in collusion with “disgruntled elements” from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

Nihalani hits out at 'Babumoshai Bandookbaaz' makers
Pahlaj Nihalani Lashes Out At Babumoshai Bandookbaaz Makers

“Look at the timing of their so-called revolt against the CBFC. Kushan Nandy (director) and his producer (Kiran Shroff) had come to us for a certificate in the first week of July. We had given them an ‘A’ certificate with many cuts which included graphic scenes of love making and explicit references to inflamed body parts.

“They had the choice of either going to the Revising Committee or the Tribunal (Film Certification Appellate Tribunal). They chose to go straight to the Tribunal. Now when the Tribunal is viewing their film this week, they suddenly decide to create a stir around their film. And what better target than the CFBC? Where were they for a month? What happened to suddenly awaken their dormant liberal impulses?”

On Wednesday, the cast and crew of the film, including actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Bidita Bag, were present at a press conference conducted by IFTDA and some of its members like filmmaker Sudhir Mishra, Ashoke Pandit, Alankrita Shrivastava, Vikramaditya Motwane and Rahul Dholakia were present.

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The film’s makers claimed the CBFC gave its justification of 48 cuts by saying that even children watch an ‘A’ film. Shroff also claimed the members of CBFC humiliated her.

Nihalani says he has no problems with the criticism leveled at the CBFC, but he questions the motive and the support the protesters seem to have harnessed from within the CBFC.

“Like I said, they waited for almost a month and decided to make a noise on the eve of the film’s viewing by the Tribunal about the CBFC’s tyranny, injustice, and non-liberal attitude. They are being supported from elements from within the CBFC who claim to be the face of liberalism in the CBFC.

“The meeting with the IFTDA was supposed to be attended by filmmakers. But there were individuals at the meeting who have not made a film in decades.”

The CBFC chairperson says he has recommended the strongest action against those defaming the CBFC for publicity.

“You (the makers of Babumoshai Bandookbaaz) claim that members of the CBFC misbehaved with you. And you are supported in your allegation by members of the CBFC. Please prove your allegation or be ready with answers in the court.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Wow. What is the use of CBFC if they themselves claim that “A” movies are watched b y children? Why not stop wasting taxpayers’ money to watch movies and categorizing them then?
    Listen here, dear head of CBFC, you have been posted there to *categorize* movies into ratings, not *censor* them. You WILL NOT decide what we watch and what we don’t. You WILL NOT dictate cuts in a movie unless the movie can destabilize peace. You WILL NOT recommend cuts in an “A” movie, because we as adults, have ALL RIGHTS to decide what we want to watch, we don’t need you and your bullshit claim of keeping the audience innocent.
    I’m tired of getting muted cuss words, when I paid IN FULL for the movie. I’m tired of deleted/shortened love-making scenes, when I paid IN FULL for the movie. I’m tired of deleted scenes that you deem “offensive”, because I am the one who’s paying. Every teenager knows what kissing is, what sex is. Almost every teenager has used cuss words. It is you, dear sir, who needs to wake up, and realize that this crowd won’t put up with you and your Board’s shit for much longer. Freedom of expression will prevail.

  2. Indian audiences are way ahead, informative and eager to feel and get their constitutional freedom.Auduences viewing LUMB ,elderly,married couples ,young boys n girls enjoying and some start warming up in corner seats is India ahead, but done under cover. earlier movies with common local cuss words and scenes of skin revealing are only feeling cool as they get get the dose online or internet from much more sex,violent English movies.Hence, be broad minded, and let individual s mature,decide what to c n not c.

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