The chairperson of the Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) is livid. Having kept quiet and in his words, "silently going about my job", Pahlaj Nihalani was initially amused then exasperated by some of the lies that were being spread about his so-called authoritarian ways.
Now Mr. Nihlani has had enough of what he calls "those blatant lies". He won't take the allegations lying down and is ready to resign if they are proved right.
Nihalani wants to know where he comes into all of this. "The film Blemished Light, or Unfreedom as it is now called, was sent for certification before my tenure. It has nothing to do with me. I am being accused of being a tyrant. Board members say I watch every film in my chamber. The fact is, since I took over as the chairperson in January I've seen and certified only two films Focus (Will Smith) and NH10 personally. The allegation that I see EVERY film is false and malicious."