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Manoj Bajpayee has not featured in any hit film: CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani

Slamming actor Manoj Bajpayee, filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Hansal Mehta and Tigmanshu Dhulia, chief of Central Board of Film Certification Pahlaj Niahalani questions their credibility and asks, “Manoj has not featured in any hits...” and asks, “Are you aware of how much money Anurag Kashyap lost to his producers close to Rs 300 crore have been lost through his flop pictures?”

bollywood Updated: Jul 18, 2016 13:51 IST
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West Bengal Governor Kesharinath Tripathi presents 'Kulbhushan Dallori' award to Central Board of Film Certification Chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani during an annual function of Janparishad in Bhopal .
West Bengal Governor Kesharinath Tripathi presents 'Kulbhushan Dallori' award to Central Board of Film Certification Chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani during an annual function of Janparishad in Bhopal .(PTI)

Slamming actor Manoj Bajpayee, filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Hansal Mehta and Tigmanshu Dhulia, chief of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Pahlaj Niahalani questions their credibility and asks, “Manoj has not featured in any hits...” and asks, “Are you aware of how much money Anurag Kashyap lost to his producers close to Rs 300 crore have been lost through his flop pictures?”

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Almost a week after Bajpayee zeroed in on the censor terming him “spent force,” the latter has now hit back at the actor. According to a DNA report, the CBFC chief said that he is still waiting for Bajpayee’s career to start. “Bajpayee saab feels so strongly about me? He is such a busy actor. And he still has time to study my career graph. I am deeply moved. But if I am a spent force and I need to retire, then it means I’ve been working all these years- nearly 45 years as a producer and filmmaker. I am still waiting for Manoj Bajpayee’s career to start,” he stated.

Manoj Bajpayee in a still from Aligarh. (Twitter)

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“Apart from Satya, which was a very good film, Manoj has not featured in any hits in the 10-12 years of his career. Who is he to talk about my career? He should worry about his own. Manoj is talking about the CBFC to promote his new film. This is his desperate method of getting media space,” Nihalani further said.

Attacking filmmakers like Hansal Mehta, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Anurag Kashyap, he said, “There’s a group of filmmakers in Mumbai comprising self-styled geniuses like Hansal Mehta, Tigmanshu Dhulia and above all, Anurag Kashyap, who make films that are praised to the skies by their colleagues and a handful of learned critics.”

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“However, the theatres showing their films open empty and close empty. Are you aware of how much money Anurag Kashyap lost to his producers close to Rs 300 crore have been lost through his flop pictures like Ugly, Bombay Velvet and Raghav Raman 2.0. He still continues to make films!” he added.

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This came after the film industry raised its voice against censorship, especially Udta Punjab, and now the piracy rumours.

Bajpayee, during a recent promotion of Budhia Singh: Born to Run, said Nihalani’s time is over and it’s time for him to retire. His earlier movie Aligarh too faced trouble from CBFC.

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