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.