Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has finally found a vocal supporter, and it’s none other than the Bhishm Pitamah of the Indian television, Mukesh Khanna.
“I differ from people who say we have freedom of expression. If due to your freedom of expression, our students are going wayward and the landscape of our country’s security is being altered, I would stop them. There has to be censorship. You can’t make anything. I am against it. Here in our country a film like Grand Masti runs and becomes a superhit. People say it’s their freedom of expression. My foot. One should make good films,” Khanna was quoted in an interview to The Indian Express.
He added, “Pahlajji is not wrong in certain things. When it is needed, it is needed. Don’t call him sanskari. Sanskar nahi rahenge toh aap bhi nahi rahoge (without cultural value system, even you won’t exist).”
At a time when prominent directors and actors are opposing the board’s stand against Udta Punjab, Mukesh Khanna’s support may work as a breather for Pahlaj Nihalani.
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