CBFC chief Nihalani on Mr X: What delay, why will we delay?

  • Medha Shri Dahiya, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2015 11:21 IST

The controversies in and around the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refuse to end.

In the latest, board ­member Ashoke Pandit has publicly accused the Board's chief Pahlaj Nihalani of ­"illegally withholding" Mukesh Bhatt's upcoming film Mr X. And Bhatt, too, says that he could get the certificate only after the ministry of information and broadcasting intervened.

"The Board caused ­unnecessary delay in giving us a ­certificate. Mr X (Emraan Hashmi-starrer) is a 3D film, releasing in about 40 countries. We needed to send the film to the laboratory for subtitles, as well as to the censors of various countries. Without the ­certificate we could do ­nothing. So, we approached the ministry, which was ­sensitive to our issue. Some of the board members were also helpful. The ­ministry intervened and we got the certificate," says Bhatt when asked about Pandit's tweets on Sunday.

However, Nihalani defends the board, "There is a ­process of about 21 days. The application came to us on the March 18, the Examining Committee saw the film on the 30th, and the certificate was issued on the 4th of April. So what delay and why will we delay it? The film is releasing on the 17th. We worked ­especially on Saturday. We issued certificates to Ek Paheli Leela (Sunny Leone-starrer), ­releasing on the 10th, and other films too."

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