Censor Board Chief Pahlaj Nihalani had not passed the trailer of Imtiaz Ali’s film since it objects to the word ‘intercourse’ used in the second clip of the film titled Indemnity Bond. This is not the first time when Pahlaj has raised objection to use of certain language in a movie. The ‘Udta Punjab’ protests are still fresh in our mind. In fact Pahlaj has been at the forefront of making films free from abusive words and bold words. But his plans went for a toss when he himself used some abusive terms while interacting with a Mumbai based journalist.
We are talking about ‘Mumbai Rearview Mirror’ journalist Shugato Banerjee who has been very vocal in his allegation blaming Pahlaj of destroying free speech in creative medium. Shugato got to hear about the latest ‘intercourse’ saga which has again united the nation against the CBFC director. This was when he thought of taking an interview of Pahlaj and finding out his take on ‘abusive’ words in a movie.
The interview was going on pretty well, till it reached the point where Shugato repeatedly asked Pahlaj to clarify his stand on ‘abusive and bold’ words used in the visual medium. Pahlaj tried dodging the question, just like he has been since last one year. But Shugato with all his experience of being the ‘in your face ‘ journalist kept on repeating the question. This is when Pahlaj lost temper just like ‘Tubelight’ lost money this weekend at the box-office. Pahlaj used every possible abusive word known to an Indian in a 10 minute monolouge, which can be used as a script by Anurag Kashyap for any of his upcoming movies, given he pays some royalty to Mr. Pahlaj Nihalani.
Pahlaj’s hypocrisy has been exposed in public, and it is to be seen if he has answers about how he learnt those abusive words, surely not from the movies, as he doesn’t allow movies to contain such words.