I did not make vol­un­tary cuts in ‘Jai Gan­gaa­jal’: Prakash Jha

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MUM­BAI / NEW DELHI: Film­maker Prakash Jha has de­nied re­ports that he made vol­un­tary cuts to his up­com­ing cop drama Jai Gan­gaa­jal to avoid get­ting an ‘Adult’ cer­tifi­cate from the cen­sor board.

The Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion had re­port­edly told Jha to clean out his sound­track and vi­su­als of ver­bal and phys­i­cal violence to make the Priyanka Cho­pra-star­rer el­i­gi­ble for a U/A cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“Mis­lead­ing and in­ac­cu­rate! Never made vol­un­tary cuts… We are go­ing in ap­peal against the CBFC de­ci­sion,” the film­maker — known for his so­cio-po­lit­i­cal films such as Gan­gaa­jal, Apa­ha­ran and Raa­jneeti — said on Satur­day.

The con­tro­versy comes just a day af­ter the cen­tral gov­ern­ment set up a com­mit­tee headed by ac­claimed film­maker Shyam Bene­gal to look at a pos­si­ble re­vamp­ing of the cen­sor board, fac­ing al­le­ga­tions of sti­fling artis­tic free­dom un­der present chair­man Pahlaj Ni­ha­lani.

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Film­maker: Prakash Jha

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