Karan Johar, Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone: Bollywood bigwigs want censor board chief sacked
The discontent simmering against the new, BJP-dominated censor board, has finally boiled over. Nihalani, who kicked off his tenure as the chief of the Central Board of Film Certification by preparing a list of words that he wouldn't allow in Indian films, has irked many and has been criticised by other members of his board for not consulting them while taking important decisions.
Now, several people from the industry have decided to speak up against Nihalani. The Times of India reports that the industry's captains have decided to take their fight to the Modi government and met MoS Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Monday to express their concerns about Nihalani. Reports suggest they have even sought a change in guard at CBFC.
"Mukesh Bhatt, president of Film & TV Producers Guild of India, Anurag Kashyap, Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Vidya Balan, Deepika Padukone, Ramesh Sippy, Shabana Azmi, Gulzar, Aamir Khan and Vishal Bharadwaj were among those who met the minister," the report states.
However, Rathore dismissed claims that the industry bigwigs want Nihalani to resign.
The Indian Express quotes Rathore as saying, "The government is very clear that it wants scenes and dialogues in context to the script and the film and CBFC will follow that.”
Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy, who attended the meeting, said: "It happened because some of the film industry people were insecure and angry over censor board for creating a hostile environment and making it impossible for them to work.
"But minister sahab (Rathore) has assured that everything will be set right as it is (censor board) a Certification Board and not the Censor Board and therefore, films will be viewed on the certificate basis," he told IANS.
Rathore was scheduled to hold a meeting with the CBFC members on Tuesday.
CBFC members Ashoke Pandit, Mihir Bhuta and Nandini Sardesai have reportedly accused Nihalini of making the censor board "redundant" by deliberately turning a "deaf ear" to board recommendations or suggestions.
On Thursday, board member Chandraprakash Dwivedi expressed disappointment over cuts made in Anushka Sharma's film NH10 despite a collective decision to put on hold the circular banning cuss words.
Expressing anguish that collective decisions were being ignored, Dwivedi, a prominent filmmaker, recently sought an urgent meeting of the board in his letter to Nihlani to address "uncomfortable issues".
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Mar 18, 2015 08:25:21 IST