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BJP member on Censor Board demands chief Nihalani’s dismissal

MUMBAI: 5/8/17:The controversy over the Censor Board awarding 48 cuts to an upcoming Hindi feature film has revealed fissures between members of the board. A BJP member of the board has written to Union information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani demanding the dismissal of CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani, himself a BJP appointee.

On June 28 a five-member examining committee of CBFC had directed film maker Kushan Nandy to delete 48 abusive words from his film ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’, and shorten graphic intimate scenes so that it could issue an Adults or ‘A’ certficate. Two panelists reportedly made personal remarks about producer Kiran Shyam Shroff and her Western attire.

On August 3, the BJP’s Uttar Bharatiya Morcha functionary Arjun Gupta, who was on the panel that ordered the edits, wrote to Smriti Irani demanding Nihalani’s removal.

Nihalani is a Modi loyalist but reportedly does not find favour with Irani who has recently taken charge.Gupta said on Saturday, “Nihalani should have taken action immediately. I have also named the two panelists who insulted Shroff and demanded that they be dismissed too.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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