Cinema

Anurag Kashyap wants Nihalani’s ouster, but says it’s not enough

"The system needs to change, new guidelines should come and a new censor board chief is needed. All this needs to happen."

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who had > locked horns with Pahlaj Nihalani over the clearance of Udta Punjab”, on Tuesday said the censor board chief should be sacked but that it would not solve the problem of the film body.

Asked if replacing Nihalani would make a difference in the way CBFC functions, Kashyap told PTI, “It depends who comes in. I think replacing is not going to solve the problem. It is also to do with guidelines. It depends.. Censor board should be made free of political things.”

But at the same time the 43-year-old helmer feels that Nihalani needs to go. “Yes, he needs to be sacked. We have been told they are looking into this whole thing. Let’s see what happens, we would wait and see what happens. The system needs to change, new guidelines should come and a new censor board chief is needed. All this needs to happen,” he added.

Udta Punjab, produced by Phantom Films and Balaji Motion Pictures, deals with the issue of substance abuse in Punjab. The Bombay High Court on Monday ordered CBFC to > certify Udta Punjab within 48 hours with just one cut so that its producers can release the movie on June 17.

Asked if he was surprised that the CBFC welcomed HC’s verdict, Anurag said, “I am not here to judge people. These kind of questions create strange disharmony that mislead people. It is not a football match.”

When prodded if interpretation of guidelines is at fault or guidelines are at fault, Anurag said, “(The) fight is about ideology. We want a certification board. I&B Minister Arun Jaitley has promised changes. He has said they will bring second report of Shyam Benegal’s committee and implement it. We are waiting for that.”

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