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Prakash Jha Says India Does Not Need Censorship

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GURGAON, INDIA - JANUARY 6: Bollywood filmmaker Prakash Jha during the inauguration of the 7th National Conference on Women in Police at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Academy on January 6, 2016 in Gurgaon, India. Home Minister said his government has announced that women will soon account for 33 per cent of constable-rank personnel in central paramilitary forces like CRPF and CISF and 15 per cent in the border guarding forces of BSF, SSB and ITBP. (Photo by Abhinav Saha/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

KOLKATA -- Indian Director Prakash Jha, whose upcoming film Jai Gangaajal is stuck at the Censor Board, on Wednesday said the country does not need censorship.

"The Censor Board has been imposed upon us. It was never needed. We can do censorship on our own. We don't need anyone to tell us what to do and what not," Jha told reporters.

Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has "his own agenda," he alleged.

"There is a certain language, texture in the film which he doesn't understand," Jha, 63, said, adding he has appealed before the tribunal about his film.

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"I hope I will get justice there without any cuts," Jha said about the Priyanka Chopra starrer scheduled for release in March.

A sequel to the Ajay Devgn starrer hit Gangaajal (2003), Jha's new film revisits the police-society relationship.

"Now things have changed after 12 years. The new generation has more aspirations in a growing and developing India," said the director of films like Rajneeti (2010) and Apaharan (2005).

Jha himself is starring in Jai Gangaajal. "I had never stopped acting. This time I am acting for the audience. Earlier, I used to act for myself," he said.

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