Petition says Nihalani has taken taken “arbitrary decisions”, and “embarrassed the movie industry” and the “Indian people”

As Udta Punjab controversy rages Fire Pankaj Nihalani petition receives over 30000 signatures
news Censorship Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 10:00

It isn’t just the big names of Bollywood who have voiced their anger at the censor board’s controversial decision to reportedly make 89 cuts in the film ‘Udta Punjab’. Now a change.org petition started by Shriya Desai from Bangalore wants Pankaj Nihalani, the Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification to be fired. The petition addressed to Arun Jaitley, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting has received over 32,000 signatures.

Calling for his removal, the petition says Pankaj Nihalani has taken “arbitrary decisions”, and “embarrassed the movie industry” and the “Indian people”. Besides citing the latest controversy over ‘Udta Punjab’, the petition raises Nihalani’s “infamous” track record, which includes shortening all kissing scenes in the James Bond film ‘Spectre’ and beeping out curse words in the adult superhero film ‘Deadpool’, and giving the film ‘Aligarh’ an adult rating for dealing with homosexuality, but allowing humour targeted at the differently-abled in ‘Housefull 3’.

The petition concludes by urging the I&B ministry to remove Nihalani, stating that without him, “CBFC will have a chance of recovering and getting back to ‘certifying’ movies and not ‘censoring’ them.”

The latest petition, however, isn’t the first of its kind. A petition started by Ishaan Kumar from New Delhi a few months ago, also demands the removal of Nihalani. There are also more than 30 petitions seeking for an uncensored version of ‘Udta Punjab’ to be released, reported The Quint.

 

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