On Wednesday afternoon, Anurag Kashyap's Udta Punjab leaked on the internet and the people responsible behind the illegal act have not been traced yet. When every finger started pointing at the Censor Board, Pahlaj Nihalani rejected the claims by saying that the CBFC has no role in the film's leak.
"The person responsible has already been identified and the leak
will be tracked down. We will cooperate if we are approached as
part of the investigation," says Mr. Nihalani.
The CBFC chief, also claimed that the whole issue is a publicity
stunt framed by Anurah Kashyap and the Bhatts and other film-makers
have no problem with him heading the Censor Board.
"Only the Bhatt camp, the Anurag Kashyap camp and a few other
art filmmakers do this. Anurag and the Bhatts have always faced
trouble with their films, starting from their debuts, a time when I
wasn't heading the CBFC. They are habitual of taking on the censors
and use it as a publicity stunt," quipped Pahlaj Nihalani.
Adding a final punch to the issue, the CBFC head says "The film
releases tomorrow, let's see if the audience enjoys the film or
rejects it. We will find out soon. Good film doesn't need cuss
words, like Sholay, which was a super-duper hit".
Damn! Reading between the lines, we can assume that Pahlaj
Nihalani's ego is very badly hurt.