- Pahlaj Nihalani was accused of morally policing films
- "Lipstick Under My Burkha would have been a no-show otherwise," he said
- I was told not to pass Bajrangi Bhaijaan: Pahlaj Nihalani
Alankrita Shrivastava's Lipstick Under My Burkha was one of the many films which faced Mr Nihalani's brunt. The CBFC refused to pass the film and described it as 'female-oriented.' Later, it was taken to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) and it finally released with 'A' certificate and a few cuts as suggested. Lipstick Under My Burkha hit the screens a few weeks ago and did decent business at the box office. However, Pahlaj Nihalani told Lehren TV that the film is successful due to the hype that was created. "It was because of the publicity the film is successful. Otherwise, it would have been a no-show."
Watch the interview here.
Last year's release Udta Punjab, a film that focused on Punjab's drug problem, was ordered 89 cuts from the censor board. Pahlaj Nihalani alleges that the ministry told him 'not to pass' Udta Punjab.
"I'm revealing it for the first time that I & B Ministry told me not to pass the film. There was pressure from many places to not pass it. After that, the revising committee gave it a date, and I passed Udta Punjab but with guidelines," Mr Nihalani says in the video.
He alleged that Anurag Kashyap manipulated the board to get Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) certified with the 'cuss' word. "Mr Kashyap has always targeted me," Pahlaj Nihalani alleged.
Of his successor Prasoon Joshi, Pahlaj Nihalani told Lehren TV, "He's a very nice man and he will have to reap the fruit of my sins and good deeds."