The Censor Board chief, Pahlaj Nihalani, kicked up yet another storm when he said he won't clear the promos of Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma's Jab Harry Met Sejal for television viewing unless the word 'intercourse' is deleted.
Later, in an interview with Mirror Now, he said that he would clear it if 1 lac people voted in the favour of the word being included. Nihalani had some bizarre conditions to the vote: the voters must be married people over the age of 36 (whaaaat).
On Monday evening, Shah Rukh Khan hosted an Eid party at Bandra's Taj Lands End.
When asked what he had to say about Censor Board's diktats, Khan first joked saying he's below 18 and hence cannot vote.
On a serious note, neither I, nor anyone in the film – Imtiaz, Irshad (lyricist Irshad Kamil) sahab, Pritam da or anyone would use any disrespectful word, that hurts a family or anyone's sentiment. We are yet to send the film to the censors and they should watch the whole film to decide.
Khan has always maintained a diplomatic stand as far as censorship is concerned.
In an interview with this writer, when asked about censorship, Khan had said, "Having a different interpretation of a rule is alright, but when there is a misinterpretation, then it's time for the rule to change. In the case of Udta Punjab, Pahlaj-ji and team went according to one interpretation of the rulebook and, maybe, you cannot question them on that. The rulebook though is something you can question and work towards changing. The rulebook should be so well-written, so clearly written, so specifically written that whichever government is in power, it shouldn't have any room for misinterpretation."
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