Pahlaj Nihalani Alleges Directors Bribed Him To Pass Their Films

04/03/2016 4:13 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Indian Bollywood film producer and present Chairperson of the Central Board, Pahlaj Nihalani attends the funeral of the late Bollywood music composer and singer Aadesh Shrivastava in Mumbai on September 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

MUMBAI -- Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has alleged that there have been instances when filmmakers have tried to bribe him to retain certain scenes in their films.

Nihalani claims some people try to get away with their work by bribing.

When asked if filmmakers tried to bribe him to retain scenes in their films, Nihalani told reporters, "Yes, because people never leave their habits. They want to get away with the work by hook or crook. Somebody had offered me (bribe) also. But I can't give names."

"They want to get away with the job, its nobody's fault... Why blame babus, once we feel our work should be done we don't mind paying money and get away... There are people who don't have shame and do this."

Nihalani said his staff in the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) does not accept any gifts and the corruption in the board is now "zero".

"Today I can tell you, my staff has refused even the Diwali gifts we get, I am proud of them. There is zero corruption in the board."

He was speaking at the launch of the new cover of Society Magazine.

A committee has been formed, headed by filmmaker Shyam Benegal, which will look into the revamp of the functioning of Censor Board which has been mired in controversies in recent past.

Nihalani said Benegal is an intelligent person who will do the "right" thing.

"Shyam Benegal is very intelligent, he knows the functioning of CBFC and had faced problems with his movies too... I think he will do the right thing in the right place."

Censor Board was termed "sanskari" owing to his strict rules on censorship. Nihalani said he considers the title his achievement as he only followed what was in the rule book.

"I am working by the rule book, I am following that. It is my job... Whatever people call me, it is my achievement. Benegal committee has been formed, now they will make rules and whatever I get, I'll follow."

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