Censor chief Pahlaj Nihalani may be under a raging fire for the censor board’s objections to the content in Udta Punjab .
The entire film fraternity is up in arms against what is being described as as Nihalani’s authoritarian policies.
But the outspoken BJP rebel Shatrughan Sinha , a close friend of Nihalani continues to support and endorse the censorboard’s chief’s policies.
Says Mr Sinha, “Firstly I haven’t seen Udta Punjab as yet. I will soon. But speaking purely from an objective point of view Pahlaj is doing a thankless job, and doing it most efficiently. Filmmakers who attack him forget that he has not made the rules. He is only following the guidelines laid down by the government. Don’t shoot the messenger if you don’t like the message.”
Speaking of the abusive language that is so much part of Udta Punjab and other films produced/directed byAnurag Kashyap, Mr Sinha says, “I don’t use that kind of language in my everyday conversation. And I’ve never used abusive language even while playing ruthless villains on screen. I always made sure that mydialogues did not disparage women or any community people or cast. Why must characters make their point with profanities?”
Shatrughan Sinha says the censor laws need amendments. “Until that happens, don’t abuse the censor chief for clamping down on abuses. He is just doing his job. According to me Pahlaj is the best chairperson of the censor board ever.”