Pahlaj Nihalani had one rollercoaster of a tenure at the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) when he was appointed as the chief with his sanskari scissors doing his talking. Pahlaj Nihalani’s sanskari outlook in the film industry was challenged when he decided to return with erotic thriller Julie 2, of all the films he could’ve done. Julie 2 was passed without a single cut with an A (adults only) certificate by the Prasoon Joshi led CBFC. Also Read - Varun Dhawan, Natasha Dalal Wedding: Producer Pahlaj Nihalani Spills Beans on Their Weekend Wedlock
While speaking to The Quint, Nihalani said, “This is just what I had hoped for. If I was still the CBFC chairperson, I’d have given Julie 2 an ‘Adults’ certificate with no cuts. It is a clean Adults film for adult members of a family. Though it’s a film on an adult subject – the exploitation of strugglers and newcomers in Bollywood – the film has no nudity, no skin show, no double-meaning dialogues. Like I said it is a family film for adults and the CBFC has done the right thing.” Also Read - Akshay Kumar's Laxmmi Bomb Title is Now 'Laxmii' After Wide Backlash For Hurting Hindu Sentiments
Nihalani, at a recent press conference, didn’t wait for anyone to ask him the obvious question, and himself launched into a defence of his decision to back the film. “You might all be wondering why I started off distribution with Julie 2 of all the films,” said Nihalani, “People might think how I can be back with such a film even after being a sanskari. You all are looking at the film from the point of view of an erotic film. But every film has its own framework and its own ideas. When I listened to the story of Julie 2 in its initial stages, I found it to be very interesting as it is an inside-the-industry story.” Also Read - Shekhar Kapur is The New President of FTII Society; Ranvir Shorey, Prasoon Joshi Congratulate The Filmmaker
All this said, the trailer of the film still hints towards its intended audience as the film begins with Raai Laxmi laying topless on a beach to her taking her robes off before a sleazy looking producer. When Nihlani was asked about peddling soft porn to audiences, Nihalani shot back: “Soft porn or soft corn, or harsh reality. Let the film release. The world will know.” Julie 2 is set to hit the screens on October 6 this year.