Movies which suffered ex-CBFC chief Pankaj Nihalani axe
Updated On : 12 Aug 2017,08:49 AM
The government has sacked Central Board Film Certification chief Pahlaj Nihalani with songwriter-poet Prasoon Joshi. Nihalani has been engulfed in controversies since his appointment as the chief of the 23-member board in January, 2015.
He raked up several controversies during his tenure as chief of the CBFC. From banning Lipstick Under My Burkha for being female-oriented to removed word "intercourse" from the Shahrukh Khan's starrer Jab Harry Met Sejal. He attracted flak from both the directors and the Filmstars for denying certificate.
Here are the movies which are under the Nihalani's axe
Pahlaj Nihalani removed dozens of kissing scenes from Ranveer kapoor's Befikre which was released last year in December. According to him it would affect the culture and "sanskriti" of India.
Pahlaj Nihalani denied certification to Lipstick Under My Burkha for being too lady oriented. Later, he asked for the film to be granted an ‘A’ certificate with “voluntary and some additional cuts and deletions”.
He even suggested some cuts to James Bond franchise, Spectre movie.
He awarded an A certificate to Aligarh, a movie directed by the Hansal Mehta, based on the real life of Homosexual teacher.
Nihalani recommended 89 cuts and removal of any references to the state of Punjab, politics or elections be made in Udta Punjab, which is based on the drug menace in the state.
Nihalani asked for 7 cuts in Ryan Reynolds anti-superhero movie deadpool which was released this year.
He also refused to certify Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Haraamkhor, a love story of student and teacher.
Nihalani awarded A certificate and recommends 6 cuts to Anurag Kashyap's Raman Raghav.
Pahlaj Nihalani granted "A" certificate with some minor voluntary cuts, after the censor board's revising committee had denied certification to the movie.