Bollywood celebrities met with the minister of state for information & broadcasting on Monday, Rajyavardhan Rathore in an attempt to get the the ministry's intervention in connection with issues faced with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
Several bigwigs from the industry were present to meet Rathore, Gulzar, Karan Johar, Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Vishal Bharadwaj, Rajkumar Kirani, Anurag Kashyap, Vidya Balan, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Mukesh Bhatt, and Shabana Azmi.
After the meeting Mukesh Bhatt said, "We met with Mr Rathore to discuss a range of key issues faced by us due to the latest guidelines issued by the censor board. We told him that the word censor has become very redundant. We asked him whether we are heading back to the dark days."
Aamir Khan revealed, "I&B Minister also told us that it is not a censor board but, it's a certification board." Rathore also added saying, "The government is very clear that it wants scenes and dialogues in context to the script and the film and CBFC will follow that."
The new rules have upset the industry and so they decided to meet with both Arun Jaitley and Rathore to discuss the matters. The film industry feels that the present chief Nihalani has created a ‘hostile' environment.
Sources say, owing to the latest developments, the film fraternity demanded the removal of Nihalani. The minister has now scheduled to meet with the CBFC board members on Tuesday and discuss the issues in detail.
Meanwhile after the meeting was held, actress Anushka Sharma and Deepika Padukone were seen bonding and kissing each other like they were the new besties in town.
See pics of the meeting that took place late last night.
Deepika Kisses Anushka
As much as people would expect them to hate each other owing to the Ranveer Singh connection, this pic shows how the two girls are such close friends.
Vidya Balan-Siddharth Roy Kapur
Vidya Balan with her hubby Siddharth Roy Kapur attended the censor board meeting that took place in Mumbai.
Riteish Deshmukh who has been having a good innings at the Box Office with his good films was also present.
Ekta Kapoor who is backing Udta Punjab starring Kareena, Shahid and Alia was also present at the meeting.
Aamir Khan along with his PK team, Anushka Sharma and Rajkumar Hirani posing for the shutterbugs after the meeting.
Karan Johar-Deepika Padukone
Biggies of Bollywood, Karan Johar, Mukesh Bhatt, Rajkumar Hirani, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma and Aamir Khan.
New Best Pals
Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma, the new besties on the Bollywood are seen hugging and kissing in front of the shutterbugs.
Sajid Nadiadwala, Vishal Bharadwaj and Gulzar, all the talented people of Bollywood under one roof.
Anurag Kashyap who is busy with his Bombay Velvet movie that stars Ranbir and Anushka Sharma was also present.
Last but not the least, talented veteran actress Shabana Azmi, wife of Javed Akhtar was also present for the meeting.