Censor board has al­ways been un­fair, says Bajpayee

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Many known names from the film in­dus­try spoke up against the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC) in the re­cent Udta Pun­jab con­tro­versy. Ask Award-win­ning ac­tor

Manoj Bajpayee (right) about it, and he says there’s noth­ing new about the censor Board be­ing un­fair. “Ever since it was formed, they have been un­fair and there has al­ways been a fight be­tween them and the film­mak­ers. Their job is to only cer­tify the film and not to censor or ban any­thing,” says Bajpayee.

“Censor board had banned Ban­dit Queen and the Supreme Court passed the film. So, it’s not that censor (board) has be­come un­fair now. It has al­ways been the same,” he adds.

CBFC had de­manded over 89 cuts in Udta Pun­jab, af­ter which the mak­ers took the mat­ter to court. Af­ter much hue and cry, the Bom­bay High Court cleared the film with just one cut. “It’s an undis­puted fact that the CBFC had le­gal pow­ers to sug­gest cuts and thus, cre­ative free­dom was not an ab­so­lute,” a HC bench had stated last month, adding that, how­ever, it must be kept in mind that the censor board can­not use its pow­ers “ar­bi­trar­ily”.

Mean­while, one of Bajpayee’s up­com­ing projects is a biopic about Bud­hia Singh, who ran 48 marathons — one of which, was from Bhub­hanesh­war to Puri, when he was just five years old. The ac­tor says he had in­stantly said a yes to the film’s script. “There was no ques­tion of say­ing no to this film be­cause the script was damn good. I’m glad I did the film,” says Bajpayee, who is known for his pro­fes­sion­al­ism and showed a glimpse of it dur­ing the film’s pro­mo­tion.

De­spite be­ing ill, he went about to pro­mote the project. Ac­cord­ing to a source, the ac­tor has been down with vi­ral for five days, lead­ing to weak­ness. How­ever, Bajpayee took an­tibi­otics and went ahead with pro­mo­tions.

Ever since CBFC was formed, they have been un­fair. Their job is to only cer­tify the film and not to censor or ban any­thing MANOJ BAJPAYEE, AC­TOR

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