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Ajay Devgn: There is no problem with CBFC

The Baadshaho actor believes that there wouldn't have been any problem with the Central Board of Film Certification if one had a proper dialogue with them. 

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The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has been in the news for wrong reasons ever since the committee was revamped in January 2015. Their unruly censors and diktats, while trying to act as a moral authority, has ended up with demands of the ouster of its chief Pahlaj Nihalani. 

However, actor Ajay Devgn believes that there is no problem with the CBFC. During the trailer launch of his upcoming film Baadshaho, he stated that there wouldn’t have been any problems in the first place if filmmakers and producers would have tried having a logical discussion with the board. 

When asked about CBFC’s controversial decisions, Devgn said, “I really don’t know. The films that I produced and submitted to the censor board, I didn’t face any issue. I don’t think that’s the problem. I actually don’t think there’s any problem. I feel if you rationalise with them (CBFC) everything can be understood. At least that’s my experience.” 

The latest muck the CBFC has found itself in is with regards to Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Babumoshai Bandookbaaz. The board suggested as many as 48 cuts in the film. But that’s not all. A couple of CBFC members allegedly passed sexist remarks against the film’s producer, Kiran Shroff. 

Following this, CBFC member Arjun Gupta, who was present during the alleged incident wrote a letter to information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani urging for the removal of Nihalani. 

Among the other controversies, the CBFC had to face the flak of the audience and the film fraternity the most during their decision of banning the word ‘Punjab’ from Udta Punjab and refusing certification to Lipstick Under My Burkha for being ‘lady oriented.’