Nihalani hits out at 'Babumoshai..' makers
A day after filmmakers from the Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA) gathered together in support of Kushan Nandys Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, which has been ordered many major verbal and visual cuts, censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has hit out at the movie's supporters for defaming the CBFC.
Nihalani claims the brouhaha with the IFTDA has been planned to bring publicity for Babumoshai Bandookbaaz in collusion with "disgruntled elements" from the CBFC.
"Look at the timing of their so-called revolt against the CBFC. Kushan Nandy (director) and his producer (Kiran Shroff) had come to us for a certificate in the first week of July. We had given them an 'A' certificate with many cuts which included graphic scenes of lovemaking and explicit references to inflamed body parts.
"They had the choice of either going to the Revising Committee or the Tribunal (Film Certification Appellate Tribunal). They chose to go straight to the Tribunal. Now when the Tribunal is viewing their film this week, they suddenly decide to create a stir around their film. And what better target than the CFBC? Where were they for month? What happened to suddenly awaken their dormant liberal impulses?" Nihalani says he has no problems with the criticism leveled at the CBFC, but he questions the motive and the support the protesters seem to have harnessed from within