98% of Pro­duc­ers were Happy with me But for 2% of Pro­duc­ers, To­day is Di­wali: Ni­ha­lani Film­mak­ers Will Now Show Pornog­ra­phy and Vul­gar­ity Even in Nor­mal Films, says Ni­ha­lani

Role of CBFC was not only cer­ti­fi­ca­tion but cen­sor­ship too, as­serts sacked chief

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: “Cen­sor­ship was nec­es­sary and do­ing away with it would mean film­mak­ers will re­sort to show­ing pornog­ra­phy and vul­gar­ity even in nor­mal films,” sacked chair­man of the Cen­tral Board of Fi l m Cer t i f ic at ion, Pa h l aj Ni ha l a ni , t old ET on Fri­day. To pre­serve the cul­ture of the coun­try and up­hold its tra­di­tional val­ues, cen­sor­ship was needed, he said. “The cin­e­mato­graph act of our coun­try is very nicely drafted keep­ing In­dian sen­ti­ments in views. Films are au­dio and vis­ual medium. They make im­pact on young minds. The more you show vul­gar­ity and ob­scen­ity in films, more such in­ci­dents will in­crease in so­ci­ety. Peo­ple see Swachh Bharat ads on TV and get inf lu­enced to not lit­ter. Sim­i­larly, if they are shown wrong things, it would be a bad in­flu­ence. Why can’t peo­ple un­der­stand that? ” con­tended Ni­ha­lani. The sacked chair­man of CBFC al­leged some peo­ple in gov­ern­ment were “con­fus­ing peo­ple that the role of CBFC was only cer­ti­fi­ca­tion not cen­sor­ship.” “T he CBFC wi l l a lways b e known as the ‘cen­sor board’ not cer ti f ic ation board but some peo­ple in gov­ern­ment have for­got­ten that. They cre­ated some con­fu­sion that CBFC shouldn’t cut, only cer­tify. That is not the way it works. Even the tri­bunal cuts. Also some pro­duc­ers show dif­fer­ent ver­sions of movies to the CBFC and to the tri­bunal only to hu­mil­i­ate me,” he claimed. Pahlaj Ni­ha­lani said he was in favour of a rat­ing sys­tem and ac­cord­ing to him, rules of cen­sor­ship were firmly re­quired in the dig­i­tal and TV world too. “Look at how TV is show­ing pae­dophilia and child abuse. Should the gov­ern­ment al­low that in a so­ci­ety like ours?” “I have done my duty hon­estly. I came to know from the me­dia about my ap­point­ment and about my sack­ing too,” he claimed and added un­der his ten­ure, CBFC had be­come “free of cor­rup­tion, mid­dle men and agents.”

Pahlaj Ni­ha­lani said that he was not an­gry with the gov­ern­ment. “The prime min­is­ter is es­pe­cially do­ing an ex­cel­lent job. I will al­ways admire him. Ninety eight per cent of the pro­duc­ers were happy with me but for two per cent of pro­duc­ers, to­day is Di­wali. They must be fi­nally re­joic­ing that ev­ery­thing wrong that I was fight­ing against might be back.”

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