The Indian Express (Delhi Edition)

Nihalani: CBFC responsibl­e for preserving India’s culture


CENSOR BOARD chief Pahlaj Nihalani Saturday said that the film body is not only responsibl­e for giving certificat­es to films, but is also accountabl­e for preserving India’s culture and tradition.

Nihalani was speaking about the censor board’s decision to deny certificat­ion to Lipstick Under My Burkha by director Alankrita Shrivastav­a for allegedly being “lady oriented” and containing “abusive words”.

“CBFC is part of the government, the responsibi­lity of which is not only limited to issuing certificat­es to the films but also to preserve the culture and tradition of the country,” Nihalani said.

He said that the board does not have any objection with the title, but has issues with the treatment of the subject of women empowermen­t in the film. “We have not blocked the title but our objection is to the content of the film. We are in favour of women empowermen­t as is being talked about but we don’t agree with the type of treatment and projection that has been accorded to them,” Nihalani added.

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