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Rangoon: Theatre owners disagree with the allegations by Pahlaj Nihalani

CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani accused the filmmaker of violating the instructions given by the censor body, but theatre owners are slamming Pahlaj for his allegations.
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Rangoon has been in news for a while and problems are just not ending for the filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj. Well, the film has landed into one more trouble. CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani accused the filmmaker of violating the instructions given by the censor body. 

The board had instructed the makers to show an anti-smoking disclaimer before the opening credits of the film. However, it has now been learnt that not only the disclaimer but the Censor certificate and the mandatory anti-smoking short films are also not being shown in the screenings in both India and overseas.

Now, Ashoke Pandit, a senior member of the CBFC, told the leading tabloid, "It's unlikely that a filmmaker like Vishal and a studio like Viacom would do something of this sort, but let's wait and watch till the board files a police complaint."

Exhibitor Akshaye Rathi said that it may have been overlooked by some theatres, but "the investigation may have come a tad late because Rangoon is already in theatres. If the claim is true, it's possible that some digital content provider may have missed it (flashing the certificate and disclaimer)."

Theatre owners are now slamming Pahlaj for his allegations and sources told the tabloid, "No multiplex can play a film without a censor certificate or disclaimers. Doing that involves the risk of being sued. We conduct multiple checks. Shows are often cancelled if there's a missing disclaimer. Vishal is not Kanti Shah to submit one film to the CBFC and play something else in theatres."

Adding to this, Bhardwaj's spokesperson said, "The film is running with adequate disclaimers."

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I still cannot fathom /believe how this movie failed so miserably.

Watched in New Jersey. Great photography, some humor and some tragedy..Overall nice experience!!!

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