Why blame CBFC when you don't take it seriously in the first place - Pahlaj Nihalani on SLB-Karni Sena Padmavati controversy

When Rajput Karni Sena attacked director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Padmavati sets in Jaipur recently, it created a lot of noise in the Bollywood galleria. While industry

wallahas condemned the matter, Karni Sena demanded a list of changes in the film. As the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) supported Padmavati and its makers, Karni Sena made a huge hue and cry about it. 

The CBFC Chairperson, Pahlaj Nihalani, has strongly reacted to the criticism of the Rajput Karni Sena and in an interview with a daily, he stated, "It is not the Censor Board’s responsibility to verify historical facts because there are no records or verified data to prove that what is being claimed is true or untrue. We are here only to view films according to the guidelines and whether they conform to social norms. Also everyone has a point of view and there are various historical versions and all of them claim that they are factually correct. Who is going to take the guarantee for this?” 

He further added, “Whether it is a historical or otherwise, films have their own concepts. The writer and the director are free to exercise their creative imagination. After all it is cinema."

Many controversies are arising due to the alleged misrepresentation of history in films. To this, Pahlaj said, “In any case, controversies and protests do take place even after a film is cleared by CBFC. If people believe in censorship, then why are they creating problems for censored films? Why blame the CBFC when you do not take it seriously in the first place?"

In a media interaction held on February 14, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Founder, Rajput Karni Sena had said, “We have been working for more than 10 years to safeguard the glory of the Rajput community and our ancestors. We are proud of our heritage and will not tolerate any

When Rajput Karni Sena attacked director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Padmavati sets in Jaipur recently, it created a lot of noise in the Bollywood galleria. While industrywallahas condemned the matter, Karni Sena demanded a list of changes in the film. As the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) supported Padmavati and its makers, Karni Sena made a huge hue and cry about it. 

The CBFC Chairperson, Pahlaj Nihalani, has strongly reacted to the criticism of the Rajput Karni Sena and in an interview with a daily, he stated, "It is not the Censor Board’s responsibility to verify historical facts because there are no records or verified data to prove that what is being claimed is true or untrue. We are here only to view films according to the guidelines and whether they conform to social norms. Also everyone has a point of view and there are various historical versions and all of them claim that they are factually correct. Who is going to take the guarantee for this?” 

He further added, “Whether it is a historical or otherwise, films have their own concepts. The writer and the director are free to exercise their creative imagination. After all it is cinema."

Many controversies are arising due to the alleged misrepresentation of history in films. To this, Pahlaj said, “In any case, controversies and protests do take place even after a film is cleared by CBFC. If people believe in censorship, then why are they creating problems for censored films? Why blame the CBFC when you do not take it seriously in the first place?"

In a media interaction held on February 14, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Founder, Rajput Karni Sena had said, “We have been working for more than 10 years to safeguard the glory of the Rajput community and our ancestors. We are proud of our heritage and will not tolerate any conspiracy that compromises our self-respect. It’s unfortunate to see the Censor Board endorsing Bhansali. When we met the Censor Board authorities a few days back, they told us that no action could be taken before the entire film was made and came to them for review."

The Karni Sena Chief also stated that it was planning to go to the I & B Ministry to set up a “pre-censor board to monitor all period and historical films.” On this, Nihalani said, “Every person has the right to knock the door of the Government. It would be the Ministry’s call.”

Strong words!

Padmavati stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles. 

conspiracy that compromises our self-respect. It’s unfortunate to see the Censor Board endorsing Bhansali. When we met the Censor Board authorities a few days back, they told us that no action could be taken before the entire film was made and came to them for review."

The Karni Sena Chief also stated that it was planning to go to the I & B Ministry to set up a “pre-censor board to monitor all period and historical films.” On this, Nihalani said, “Every person has the right to knock the door of the Government. It would be the Ministry’s call.”

Strong words!

Padmavati stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles. 

 

Credits: dna

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what happens if the CBFC is not taken seriously? like what happens if their rules are not followed?

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