There seems to be an all-out war in the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) between chief Pahlaj Nihalani and a group of members, led by filmmaker Ashoke Pandit.
Pandit has earlier criticised Nihalani's way of working as well. In a Facebook post, he had exposed rifts within the panel that had thwarted the theatrical release of films such as Hollywood hit Fifty Shades of Grey or objected to cuss words being used in Bollywood movies. The board had also demanded the word 'lesbian' be bleeped from Dum Lagake Haisha and refused to clear UnFreedom, a film based on a lesbian relationship.
It is understood that other members also share his concerns. Dwivedi had also written a letter after the board demanded cuts in Anushka Sharma's NH 10. A delegation of film personalities also met minister of state for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, regarding the role of CBFC.
Nihalani took over as CBFC chief in January after Leela Samson resigned after alleging that there was government interference in the clearing of films.
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