Rangeela Raja to release on 11 January after Pahlaj Nihalani's month-long court battle with CBFC
After a long-drawn-out court battle with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and missing its original release date of 16 November, Pahlaj Nihalani's Rangeela Raja has secured an 11 January release. The film has now received U/A certificate.
#RangeelaRaja gets censor clearance, finally... UA certificate... Run time: 162 min 30 sec [2 hours, 42 minutes, 30 seconds]... Pahlaj Nihalani announces release date: 11 Jan 2019. pic.twitter.com/DpXS9CtpmF
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 13, 2018
Trouble began for Rangeela Raja after the CBFC recommended 20 cuts in the film, deeming the content 'misogynistic' and 'sexist'. Nihalani refused to comply with the demands and moved the court against CBFC. The former CBFC chief then took the matter to Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), which cleared the decks for its release by striking down nine objections the committee had against the film and retaining three, according to a report by India Today.
In the hearing, Nihalani's counsel opposed the CBFC's claims of "undue objectification of women and glorification of violence" by using films like Biwi No 1 and Pati Patni Aur Woh as examples. The CBFC had also asked the makers to remove a scene in which Govinda slaps his wife, saying it promoted violence against women. The FCAT retained the scene and justified it by saying that it was not a case of "gross violence" and need not be excised.
Updated Date: Dec 13, 2018 12:15:27 IST