A music video Mera Desh Hai Mahan, Mera Desh Hai Jawan (My country is great and young) glorifying the achievements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has drawn strong criticism from many film veterans and the society.
The video being played countrywide at cinema halls during interval of the Salman Khan’s hit FILM PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO is made by Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Pahlaj Nihalani and is looked upon by many as a mere flattery to appease Narendra Modi!
It may be noted that Pahlaj Nihalani is known to be a BJP and Narendra Modi ‘Bhakt’ (Devotee) and has been responsible for making the video Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi during the last year’s general election, which fetched Modi a thumping victory.
Hence his opponents allege due to his favor he was awarded the Chairperson post of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and now it is rumored that since BJP has lost shamelessly in Bihar and Delhi, hence Nihalani has yet again made a video to give a boost to Narendra Modi’s fading image and a thumps to BJP.
However the video is being dubbed as “an obscene form of flattery” by some within the film industry.
Eminent film wizard Shyam Benegal sarcastically flaking Chairperson of the CBFC, Pahlaj Nihalani said, “Isn’t the Information & Broadcasting Ministry supposed to take care of the publicity of the Prime Minister and the government? The censor board’s chairperson is doing that!” Mukesh Bhatt, filmmaker and President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India too condemned the video. In his statement he said, “How blatant, obscene and jarring can this get? There has to be at least some sanctity of the chair a person holds.”