The censor Board chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani is furious with the hate that is being spread against him for not giving a certificate to Prakash Jha’s film ‘Lipstick under my Burqa’.
Nihalani commented on the entire fuss and said, “First of all, we didn’t ban the film ‘Lipstick Under My Burqa’. The Examining Committee saw the film and refused to certify it. Now the Revising Committee has also refused to certify the film. Now the film’s producer Prakash Jha says he will go to the Tribunal of the censor board. He knows the procedure. He has been through it with many of his films including his last ‘Jai Gangaajal’. So what’s the fuss about?”
He clarified and further adding, “Why are they pinning the blame for the Examining Committee and Revising Committee’s refusal on me? There are two bodies of well-informed jury members in the two committees. They’ve all found the content of Lipstick Under My Burqa to be extremely objectionable. There are constant sexual innuendos and suggestions of the sex act. The language is lurid and graphic.”
The Censor Board Chief attacked the supporters of the film saying, “Have Sudhir Mishra, Farhan Akhtar and Kabir Khan watched Lipstick Under My Burqa? How can they jump into the controversy just because it is fashionable to support any film that talks about women’s empowerment? How genuine is this film’s feminism? Have its supporters seen the film? They attack me calling me a maker of ‘B’ grade films and listing vulgar songs that I’ve used in my films. But those songs are not even in my film. As for making ‘B’ grade films why only ‘B’ grade? I may have made ‘C’ grade and ‘Z’ grade films too. That doesn’t give me the right to certify objectionable content in my capacity as the chairperson of the CBFC. I may have made films that I might have cut if they came to me during my tenure as CBFC chief.”
We wonder if Pahlaj Nihalani realizes that it’s too late to clean his collar now!