Come befikre with OK Jaanu: Pahlaj Nihalani sends peace offering to Karan Johar 

After the controversy over Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani has assured that Karan Johar's next production, OK Jaanu, will face no problems. 

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One of the side effects of the job as CBFC chief is that you tend to get on the wrong side of filmmakers. The CBFC chief ran into a controversy recently after approving the many kisses in Aditya Chopra's Befikre, while having cut the kissing scene in Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Nihalani though denied any rift between himself and Johar. 

Speaking to the IANS, Nihalani said, "You mean because we cut the kisses in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and not in Befikre? Firstly, let me make it very clear that there was no kiss between Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to cut in 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil'. Yes, we did cut the kiss between Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma because we felt that the kiss was unduly prolonged."

Nihalani also rubbished the rumours of his 'corruption' over allowing some films to get away without censorship, while others suffered. He said, "So, I am corrupt if I don't cut the kisses. I am corrupt and 'sanskaari' if I cut the kisses. I might as well go with the first option." 

The CBFC chief added, "Secondly, when his film was in trouble over the presence of a Pakistani artiste, I was one of Karan's most vocal supporters. Karan is the son of my old friend, the wonderful Yash Johar who was one of the most upright and kind souls in this film industry. Karan is like my own son."

This should come as assurance to Johar who is awaiting the release his next production, OK Jaanu, directed by Shaad Ali. Confirming the assurance, Nihalani said, "Let him come to the censors with Ok Jaanu, ekdum befikre. We'll do whatever is the right thing to do." 

As of now, OK Jaanu has not been submitted to the Central Board of Film Certification for any review. About the film, Nihalani added, "The film that you mention has not come to us as yet. And we are certainly not going to certify it keeping 'Befikre' in mind as a yardstick. Nothing like, 'Agar uske paas 20 kisses hain toh mere paas 10 ('If they have 20 kisses, we have 10'.) Every film will be certified on its individual merit." 

Ok Jaanu is scheduled to be released on 13 January 2017.

- With Inputs from IANS