Ever since the female oriented film, 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' by Prakash Jha was denied certification by CBFC, filmmakers and moviegoers criticised the decision of the board for not having let the movie hit the theatres just because it was on a feministic tone. Criticisms weighed on the note that the board certifies movies based on personal interests and has become more of an extra judicial body chaired by Pahlaj Nihalani.
However Nihalani clarifies, “The film 'Lipstick'....was rejected at the first step itself and it was again presented for review. There again, it was rejected by the committee.," reports Times of India.
Asked if there were any changes suggested to the filmmaker to clear the path for its certification and Nihalani says, "There were no changes suggested because it is a case of plain rejection. Now the producer can go to the tribunal and seek redressal; this is the course followed by many other producers too."
Questioned about the degree of moral policing policy adopted by members of the Censor board, Nihalani retorts, "Have you heard of any big film being denied certification? How come so many films are being released if CBFC is acting as moral police? The fact is that some of the producers don't make films for Indian audience; they make it for festival circuits or maybe something else. And their films are shown in festivals without any certificate; they seek special clearance from I&B ministry."
"All these charges are made against the censor board because it is the easy target. We are just doing our job. Nobody questions an income tax officer, a doctor for doing his duty. The fact remains that some people make anything and then resort to controversies just to create a buzz around their films. This is in fact a way to get publicity," adds Nihalani.