Don’t know if it’s right or wrong: Amitabh Bachchan on CBFC revamp

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2016 15:13 IST
Amitabh Bachchan is gearing for his next starring Farhan Akhtar and Aditi Roa Hydari. He is currently shooting for his next, TE3N in Kolkata. (Prateek Choudhury/HT)

Refusing to judge the recent appointment of a committee to suggest revamp of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has said the CBFC works according to the clause set by the government.

The board and especially its chief Pahlaj Nihalani have been in the soup for their decisions be it proposing a list of 28 banned words, demanding cuts in films like NH 10, Dum Laga Ke Haisha and Angry Indian Goddesses or shortening the kissing scenes in James Bond movie Spectre.

“I will not be able to make comment on it. I don’t know whether it is right or wrong. They all work according to certain stipulations that is set by Government of India. If the government feels this needs to be allowed or edited, the board follows it,” the 73-year-old actor said.

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He further said if one does not agree with the cuts made by the board, they have the right to challenge it. “If you disagree with the decision there are various platforms where you can fight your case. It is like legal system. If you don’t agree you can go to commission, tribunal level, again if you don’t agree you go to High Court. Further you can go to Supreme Court,” he said.

“If there are rules and regulations set by the government in a democratic society and in a constitution such as ours, every individual has the right to challenge it provided it is legally accepted.”

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When asked about his take on the new committee formed by the government to revamp the censor board, Bachchan said, “Whatever rules are decided we will have to follow them,” he added.

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The panel, headed by Shyam Benegal, would submit its report in two months. It also includes filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, adman Piyush Pandey and film critic Bhawana Somaaya.

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