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Pahlaj Nihalani and his cut stories: Indian audience denied free & uncut cinema
There must be some reasons which forced the former chairperson of CBFC to leave his prestigious position. Well, we all must have read umpteen times about his insanely takes and cuts without much rationale. That might not have gone down well with the committee and surely the masses. We shall read more about his decisions which might have flared the outcome; his erroneous edits left a film without its real essence. So, let's delve a little deeper into the facts.

Pahlaj Nihalani came up with his own word bank. The long list of "cuss" words which he emphasised on erasing was quite a lengthy one."Udta Punjab" had to suffer a great punch. In his list of 'cuss' word was 'Bombay', now that was a real patience tester. It raised a lot of eyebrows and there were thinkers who could not understand Nihalani's intention.

James Bond movie 'Spectre' had to go through a lot of toil before it released in India. Nihalani had his own trimmer this time too, citing the kissing scenes as the real culprit. He made a choice for the audience saying that they were "too long". Now that's an unfair share for the real movie goers. Stopwatch for an emotional outburst, that's a way too much!

His prejudiced mindset came amidst everything natural.  Reality was an obsolete word in his dictionary.

'Unfreedom', a movie which was based on homosexuality had to be under the covers. It did not have the permission to be released. The reason being, homosexuality as its main content!

Nihalani's mind was subdued by his absurd sanskari beliefs. The word "lesbian" had to suffer a brutal death at his hands too. It was taken off from the movie "Dum Laga Ke Haisha". Freedom of expression had been choked to death with such cuts.

Fifty Shades Of Grey suffered a grey fate in our land. While, the world watched this erotica in its natural way on the big screen, our own Sanskari head refused an entry in this part of the world. That did not come as a surprise though for a man who did not think twice to edit "words"; action would have been a stronger blow for sure.

The long list continues but can you imagine a book and a cartoon series too faced his wrath. There was a censorship which cannot in any possible way justify his logic. His baseless explanation could jerk a sane mind to think. He justified his logic by saying that a boy growing up with wild animals in jungle would not be a great choice for children to watch. How scary that sounds ; He gave the 'The jungle Book' movie a U/A certificate.

Well, let's be mute on his cuts and edits and pray for a better tomorrow. May be this time Indian cinema would see a new dawn. Our best wishes to free will in an independent country!

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