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Jai Gangaajal Cuts: Nihalani Says Prakash Jha 'Not Telling Entire Truth'

  | January 07, 2016 12:31 IST (New Delhi)
Jai Gangaajal

Priyanka Chopra in a still from the film Jai Gangaajal

"What can I say? He wanted to give 'A' certificate. When I asked why, he said, 'There are many abusive words in your movie," said Prakash Jha. CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani, however, told PTI that he was not telling the whole truth. "I can't talk about each and every movie that comes for certification

Filmmaker Prakash Jha says that the cuts demanded by the censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani in his upcoming film Jai Gangaajal, starring Priyanka Chopra, including the removal of word 'saala', are not justified.

Mr Jha said that the cuts suggested will ruin the texture of the movie and he has moved to the tribunal against the decision of the censor board's revising committee.

"What can I say? He wanted to give 'A' certificate. When I asked why, he said, 'There are many abusive words in your movie. There is word 'saala'. He wanted us to remove the word and certain scenes but I don't think it is an abuse. It is used regularly by people. It is important to the texture of the movie," he told PTI. (Also Read - Jai Gangaajal Trailer: Priyanka Chopra is Impressive)

"There is nothing explicit in the movie. My films deal with social issues and making those changes will be an injustice to my film," he added.

The director said he had first gone to the examining committee but the members there had a difference of opinion then he moved to the revising committee, which was presided by Mr Nihalani himself.

Mr Jha said that the CBFC chief could have discussed and a solution could have been found but instead he handed over many cuts to him.

"He has suggested 11 cuts and told me to beep the word 'saala'. If I begin to do that then I have to beep it in 50 places." (Also Read: Censor Board Trouble For Jai Gangaajal, Director Says Cuts Unacceptable)

Mr Nihalani, however, told PTI that he was not telling the whole truth. "I can't talk about each and every movie that comes for certification. Prakash Jha had come to us and we had agreed to give him 'A' certificate without any cuts but he wanted U/A certificate. We did not agree to it. He is not telling the entire truth," he said.

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