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Pahlaj Nihalani moves court after CBFC orders 20 cuts in Rangeela Raja

Pahlaj Nihalani moves court after CBFC orders 20 cuts in Rangeela Raja

"A lot of people asked me who Govinda is playing".

During an interaction with the media after visiting the Bombay High Court on Monday, Nihalani said, "CBFC has ordered too many cuts in my film". Soon after being replaced as chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) by Prasoon Joshi in August 2017, Pahlaj Nihalani grabbed headlines with his decision to present Deepak Shivdasani's "bold, lovely and blessed" Julie 2, which featured actress Raai Laxmi as a simple girl rising to be a superstar. "Everybody knows about Prasoon Joshi's enduring friendship with Aamir Khan. However, Prasoon Joshi who is good friends with Aamir Khan, gave preference to his movie before my film", Nihalani told ANI. "But I won't go down without a fight", Nihalani told Bollywood Hungama.

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Nihalani, on the other hand, was succeeded by Prasoon Joshi as the new CBFC chief in 2017. No one is surprised that Thugs Of Hindostan was given an all-clear censor certification out of turn, while my film Rangeela Raja, which was submitted well in time 60 days ahead of release, has been slapped with multiple cuts which I am not taking. The Censor Board has suggested 20 cuts to Mr Nihalani's Rangeela Raja, a film loosely based on the life of embattled business tycoon Vijay Mallya. This procedure was not followed in his case, Nihalani said. He said that his film was reviewed 40 days after he applied for review and revealed that he actually wanted to release Rangeela Raja on November 8 but due to the delay in the review process, he had to extend the release dates. "There is no vulgarity no double meaning dialogues. This is injustice. I will not take such drastic cuts", he thundered. Movies like Anurag Kashyap " s Manmarziyan are filled with kissing and lovemaking scenes and yet passed with a "UA". "Prasoon Joshi is breaking guidelines to please his friends". They have earlier worked together in films including "Ilzaam", "Shola Aur Shabnam" and "Aankhen". So, I have moved the High Court for relief. It is scheduled to hit the big screens on November 16.

Nihalani didn't want his film to be subjected to unfair treatment.