The CBFC chief, Pahlaj Nihalani, is facing heat from all corners after the Bombay High Court allowed Udta Punjab to be released with just one cut, and upheld the freedom of expression which we rightly enjoy in our country.
Now the question on everyone's mind is, will Pahlaj Nihalani quit his job? Will he stay put? Or will the Government sack him instead? Well, Mr, Nihalani has answered all the questions above in an interaction with the media and was quoted as saying,
"I am not answerable to the film industry. If the government asks me to step down, I'll do so. I've been doing my job honestly and sincerely. No producer can claim his film was delayed because of the CBFC. There is zero corruption in the CBFC and we are working towards online certification. I am happy with my performance in the CBFC. For those who are unhappy with what I've done I've no apology to offer. Don't target me for doing my job."
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When asked what really went wrong between the CBFC and the film-makers of Udta Punjab, Pahlaj Nihalani quipped,
"Nothing went 'wrong'. We were following the guidelines given to us. It is unfortunate that though the Censor Board is now called the Central Board Of Film Certification, the guidelines remain the same as before. This is the root cause of all the problems that have cropped up between the CBFC and the film industry. We are following outdated guidelines. Now, after the Bombay high court's verdict, the CBFC guidelines need immediate revision. If we continue to follow the existing guidelines, the CBFC will be reduced to a state of mockery and redundancy."
Well, what do you guys think should happen? Should the Government sack Pahlaj Nihalani or should he resign by himself, or should he continue heading the CBFC? Leave your comments below!