Monday, March 16, 2015

Shatrughan Sinha defends CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani’s stand on ‘Cuss Words’

While the film industry has united against Pahlaj Nihalani, Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for his hardened stand against ‘Cuss Words’ and ‘Vulgarity’ in film, Shatrughan Sinha, eminent Bollywood actor and BJP leader has supported Pahlaj Nihalani stating that there is absolute no use of ‘Cuss Words’ and ‘Vulgarity’ for depicting evil. 

Briefing media Shatrughan Sinha, said, “I can’t understand why we need to have gaalis (Expletive words) for the villain to get taalis (claps).”

Rebuffing abusive language in films he categorically stated, “I began my career as a villain and ruled as the top notch villain for over a decade but I never used ‘Cuss Words’ to generate popularity.”

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“I had made it clear to my filmmakers Bura banunga lekin bura nahin bolunga ( I will play a bad man but will never deliver foul language. In addition I had cautioned my directors Auraton ko kabhi zaleel nahin karunga (I will never portray any action that demean the women),” he informed. 

Going down memory lane he recollected, “After I did a rape scene in the film PARAS, I was deeply mortified and from that day I took a conscious decision to never indulge in a rape scene again. Hence for the movie BABUL KI GALIYAN, when my filmmaker insisted on a rape scene that I had do with Hemaji ( Hema Malani) I declined firmly.” 

Shatrughan Sinha believes that filmmakers who are making a hue and cry over the use of expletives to portray evil do not really understand the meaning of cinema. He says, “Prominent villains like Pran Saab, Danny Denzongpa and I have never indulged in foul language because portrayal of wickedness requires facial expression and body language. It has nothing to do with foul-tongue. Gaalis are only short cuts to create shock effects.”

Film Industry demands Censor Board Chief Pahlaj Nihalani’s ouster over his staunch stance against vulgarity!

After Leela Samson, Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) quit the board tired of the diktats of Central Government, it seems it’s time for the newly elected CBFC Chairman Pahlaj Nihalani’s to bid adieu because the film fraternity is up in arms to Nihalani’s staunch stance against vulgarity and abusive language in Bollywood

After Pahlaj Nihalani took a strong stand against Anushka Sharma’s film NH10 and ruthlessly deleted the cuss words in the movie, few members in the board have raised yet brows and have termed Nihalani to be autocratic and tyrannical. 

Ashoke Pandit, a board member has attacked Nihalani in severest words. In a Facebook post Pandit wrote, “From the day this man (Nihalini) has taken the reins of the board, the CBFC resembles like a wild horse gone amok. His ridiculous diktats and autocratic functioning has made CBFC a laughing stock not only amongst the film makers but also the cinema viewing audience.” He added, “He literally functions like an archaic monarch treating CBFC and its office like his own fiefdom.”

Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi angry over Nihalani’s adamant attitude lamented, "I have started feeling uncomfortable of being a part of an esteemed institution where, collective decision of the board is ignored or collective voice is unheard," 

In support of the criticism voice out by the members of CBFC against Pahlaj Nihalani eminent Bollywood filmmakers including veteran like Ramesh Sippy, Gulzar and Mukesh Bhatt, met Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Monday to demand the removal of Censor Board Chief Pahlaj Nihalani.

The others present during the meeting were Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Anushka Sharma, Anurag Kashyap, Riteish Deshmukh, Vidya Balan, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Piyush Mishra, Karan Johar, Vishal Bhardwaj and Raj Kumar Hirani.

It is really regrettable that Pahlaj Nihalani is pointlessly being targeted because the job of Censor Board is to stop vulgarity from reaching the people and he has done just that! 

Readers may note that Ashoke Pandit who termed Nahalani as archaic monarch for deleting ‘Cuss Words’ in the film NH10 had ironically condemned film maker Karan Johar for his AIB show and even termed the show as ‘Porn’ for its abusive language and content and when Nahalani lays scissors on such words in films, he raises eye brow! What double standards!

Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan yet again at loggerheads?

Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan are yet again at loggerheads, though not literally but will be having a clash during Eid festival in 2016 with their respective movies. 

Salman Khan is known for exploiting Eid, the Muslim festival. Remember since 2009 when his WANTED hit the jackpot, Salman has been consistently tapping the Eid festival and minting money. Remember DABANGG (2010); BODYGUARD (2011); EK THA TIGER (2012); KICK (2014)

However Shah Rukh, on the other hand, made his Bollywood debut with super hit BAAZIGAR, a Diwali release in 1993. Hence he preferred a Diwali release. All his initial releases on the festival of Diwali were blockbusters. DILWALE DHULANIYA LE JAYENGE (1995), DIL TO PAGAL HAI (1997), KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI (1998) DON (2006); OM SHANTI OM (2007) and MOHABBATEIN (2000). However after he tasted success with CHENNAI EXPRESS, an Eid release he has decided to tap the Eid festival. 

Thus both the Khans are planning to release their respective films. According to reports Shah Rukh plans to release his Rahul Dholakia's RAEES, while Salman Khan is aiming to have his Yash Raj Film SULTAN. There is tug of war between both Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan to exploit this festive season of Eid. 

However what is most interesting is that neither Salman has started shooting for Sultan nor Shah Rukh has started shooting for Raees but both are eying the hotspot of Eid festival 2016 and why not because Eid festival over the years has been the safest bet at the box office for a hit.

Govt. to strip Saif Ali Khan’s Padma Shri honor?

Can a nation, which honors it’s citizen with the country’s highest civilian honor like Padma Shri confiscate the same recognition from the individual for indulging in a crime as petite as a brawl? 

Well the BJP government seems to be doing the same by striping the Padma Shri Award bestowed upon actor Saif Ali Khan for indulging in a violent act against a South Africa-based businessman in Mumbai’s posh Colaba restaurant in 2012! Though the decision is yet pending but efforts have been accelerated by the Union Ministry to take quick action and the Mumbai police are being pressurized to act sternly against Saif Ail Khan

According to latest reports the Union Home Ministry has seriously taken the complaint filed by RTI activist Subhash Agrawal demanding stripping of Padma Shri Award to Saif Ali Khan in light of the brawl between Saif Ali Khan and South Africa-based businessman Iqbal Mir Sharma in Mumbai restaurant.

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Responding to Mr. Agrawal’s complaint the Union Ministry has initiated action and has begun pressuring the Mumbai Police to speed up the case which is pending since several years. 

However Krishna Prakash, additional Mumbai CP (south region) denied knowledge regarding any such communication from the Union Home Ministry for a report on the Saif Ali Khan case. Even the senior PI Rameshwar Suple expressed ignorance in the matter. 

Besides Saif Ali Khan, Subhash Agrawal has also targeted Arun Firodia, Indian businessman and chairman of Kinetic Group, India's leading manufacturers and exporters of two wheelers. He was awarded the Padmashri, fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2012

If the government begins dancing on the tunes of such RTI complaints then many celebrities and distinguished citizens of India will be stripped of their prestigious ‘Government Honor’ because ‘To err is human’ and there is no mortal on earth, who has not done some sins. 

For instance Shah Ruk Khan is awarded Padma Shri, so should the government also strip his Padma Shri honor for his infamous brawl at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium?