CBFC Chairman Pahlaj Nihalani is usually at the receiving end for his unjustified cuts and non sanctions on films. Last month we had a video chat with Swara Bhaskar who lashed out at him for being unreasonable towards her critically acclaimed film Anaarkali Of Aarah. Yet again, forthcoming release Noor and it’s makers have blamed Nihalani for suggesting cuts that interfere with the narrative of the movie.
In the last one year or so, films and actors have become soft targets and the trend refuses to fade. Sonakshi Sinha starrer film Noor was asked to delete scenes and mute dialogues that included cuss words and sexual connotations. But Pahlaj says, “Movie makers have started using CBFC as a soft platform to gain publicity. Let me tell you, the certification for Noor has been processed over 20 days ago, but only when the release is nearing, they are talking about their problems with the CBFC”, Nihalani quipped.
Noor is a story of self realisation of a journalist, who realises her purpose in life through a soul changing experience. It is a female centric film with Sonakshi Sinha in the lead. Support has been pouring in for Noor after the controversy had surfaced, but Pahlaj has another point to make.
“Nobody outside has seen the film, unless you see it in totality you cannot decide whether the objectionable cut is justified or not. If you only hear the words that have been muted, you might feel it was unnecessary, but in context of the entire sentence, the situation, the whole film; it could be necessary. That’s what my team and I look for and follow.”
Pahlaj is also of the opinion that Indian cinema needs more ratings. “Currently we have only three ratings – U/UA/A – I feel we need at least six ratings. One in between each of the existing ones. May be ‘age’ related, perhaps with parental guidance, etc. My team and I and willing to work with the government and develop this mechanism.”
iKarmik says, perhaps for the first time in various interaction with Pahlaj Nihilani, the man has made some sense. Even though we refuse to acknowledge his weird demand of 80 cuts in Udta Punjab and his stubbornness of not passing the award winning Lipstick Under My Burkha. Yet, the points he raises are pretty valid.