As soon as the CBFC denied certifying the controversial film Lipstick Under My Burkha, social media trolls had a field day and poked fun at the Censor Board and its chief for clipping the creative wings of film-makers in India. However, CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani opened up about the issue by saying that social media trolls don't affect him and Indian film-makers must make films keeping the Indian traditions ahead.
He said, "Hindustan ki parampara ko aage rakh ke film banaye. Festival me film dikhao taali bajti hai par theatre me public nahi aati. Arey mujhe hata do,farak nahi padta, lekin main imaandari se apna kaam karta rahunga (Make films keeping the Indian traditions ahead. People applaud a movie in film festivals but no one comes to watch it in theatres. Remove me from my position, I don't care. I will continue doing my work with honesty)."
He also said that he will "not succumb to social media pressure" and slammed news channels for not doing their homework properly on the issue. "Debates are running on TV channels but they have not done their homework on CBFC guidelines."
Several Bollywood celebs have condemned the attitude of the CBFC for not certifying the film by giving absurd reasons that the film is lady-oriented and we hope that the matter will be settled as quickly as possible!