The desperation to get publicity works both ways. If a filmmaker needs his film to be noticed, those who protest against films also do so for the same reason. This fact come to light as one hears of the Karni Sena—the same Rajasthani fringe outfit that assaulted Sanjay Leela Bhansali and threatened cut off Deepika Padukone’s nose during the shooting and pre-release space of Padmaavat— extending support to Pahlaj Nihalani in his fight against the Central Board Of Film Certification.
The filmmaker and former chairperson the CBFC has gone to court against the CBFC’s decision to impose multiple cuts on his new film Rangeela Raja. So where did the Karni Seva, desperate to garner some attention post-Padmaavat, come into the picture?
A source from the censorboard finds this Karni support for Nihalani’s film appalling. “This the same faction that created havoc for Padmaavat. Now they want to support Rangeela Raja. Why? Just because Nihalani is waging a war against the censor board? What do they know about the content of Nihalani’s film Rangeela Raja? It is downright disgusting to see censorial actions being hijacked by opportunists. And that goes for Mr Nihalani himself.”
Pahlaj Nihalani is unfazed by the criticism. “I have no idea why they are extending support to my film. It is very ironical, because during Padmaavat they were attacking the film industry. Now they are supporting me.I never asked for their support.So why should I turn it down?”
No harm in availing of ‘fringe’ benefits, eh Mr Nihalani?