Pahlaj Nihalani’s another shocker; promises to clear ‘intercourse’ for 1 lakh votes

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Central Board of Film Certification chief Pahlaj Nihalani has pulled off yet another shocker. He’s proposed seeking 1 lakh votes for him to be able to give all clear to the use of word ‘intercourse’ in Jab Harry met Sejal.

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He told a TV channel that he would clear the use of the word “intercourse” in the promo and body of Imtiaz Ali’s Shah Rukh starrer “Jab Harry met Sejal” if he gets one lakh votes from the common people in its support.

He said: “You take voting from the public and I will clear the word (intercourse) on the promo and the film also. I want 1 lakh votes and I want to see that India has changed and Indian families want their 12-year-old kids to understand the meaning of this word (intercourse).”

The Censor Board led by Nihalani had raised serious objections to the use of word ‘intercourse’ in the promo materials without obtaining the CBFC certificate.

The promos, meant for the digital world, are being aired on TV channels without any certificates from the CBFC, alleged Nihalani.

He had said, “Don’t interfere with our work asking why we did this or that. We are doing our work and you do your own work. We have not given a certificate to them, we have only given them certificate for digital, but then they don’t require certification for digital platform.”

A report by IANS said that after watching the promo, Nihalani had told an English daily that they have granted a U/A certification to the trailer on condition of deletion of the intercourse dialogue. “They’re yet to come back to us on that. So in principle, the trailer has not been passed yet,” he said.

“They’ve uploaded the uncut trailer on YouTube. The CBFC cannot stop content on the internet. But we can and will stop the broadcast of the uncensored footage on television,” he added.

 

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