Pathaan is ‘A Victim Of Controversy’, Says Ex-Chairperson Of CBFC Pahlaj Nihalani, More Inside

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Last Update: December 29, 2022, 21:20 IST

Pahlaj Nihalani shares his opinion on the changes suggested by CBFC for Pathan.

Pahlaj Nihalani shares his opinion on the changes suggested by CBFC for Pathan.

Pahlaj Nihalani alleged that the censor board should have been directed by the ministry to recommend the alleged changes in the Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone film Pathan.

Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathan controversy hit a chord on Thursday after Central Board of Film Certification chairman Prasoon Joshi revealed that the CBFC examining committee has directed the makers to “implement suggested changes” in the Siddharth Anand directorial, including its songs. took a new turn. Now former CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani has termed Pathan as a ‘victim of controversy’.

Sharing his views during an interview with ETimes, Pahlaj Nihalani, who was once known for his controversial suggestions as CBFC chairman, has alleged that the censor board was directed by the ministry to recommend the said changes. should have been done. He said, “There is no guideline which states that a color can be cut. If there is obscenity or obscenity then you can suggest changes. But if they ask for cut because of colour, it will be a wrong action.” There could be pressure from the ministry…Pathan is a victim of controversies. CBFC must have been under pressure from the ministry to remove this saffron part. Otherwise, they would have cleaned up the costume and the shot in the trailer.”

He further explained, “It is the right of the committee to decide what cuts and amendments are required. They have to see the revised version. Prasoon Joshi may have given the statement but he has no right to see Pathan with the inquiry committee.” They must have been under pressure from the ministry to watch the film carefully because of the saffron colour. If they suggest cuts because of the colour, it would be a wrong course of action.”

Recalling his time as CBFC chairman, Nihalani shared that the same happened during the release of Deepika Padukone’s Padmavat and Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan. He said, “A letter had come from the Ministry of Home Affairs due to the law and order situation. We had to look at that picture carefully. Being the chairman of CBFC at that time, I had taken clarification from the Ministry of Home Affairs that we will see the film according to the content of the film. There was nothing in Bajrangi Bhaijaan that’s why we cleared the film.”

People didn’t like Pathan’s first song ‘Besharam Rang’ which featured Deepika Padukone Dressed in saffron which sparked a nationwide controversy. Directed by Siddharth Anand and featuring prominent faces like Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, Pathan is a comeback film. Shahrukh Khan After Aanand L Rai’s 2018 film Zero. The much-anticipated film will be part of the ambitious Yash Raj film Spy Universe, which already includes Hrithik Roshan’s War and Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger.

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