Bollywood actor Govinda, who along with producer Pahlaj Nihalani is facing difficulties in releasing their upcoming film Rangeela Raja after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refused to certify the film and ordered 20 cuts, said there is a group of people from the film fraternity conspiring against him.
During a press conference on Saturday night, Govinda told the media that it has been happening for the last nine years where a group of people in the film industry has been conspiring against him and not letting his films release on any good platforms.
“Either those films are not getting a release or those films are not getting good theatres and screens. The recent example was Fryday which released a few weeks ago and even media gave it a good review. They took the film away from theatres. I stayed silent up till then, but how could they just stop film of a producer like Pahlaj Nihalani ji. He is one of the respected film producers of the industry who has introduced several film stars in Bollywood,” Govinda said.
“Our film industry was never like this, and it seems we are living in a different world,” added the actor, who worked with Pahlaj from his debut film Ilzaam, Shola Aur Shabnam and Aankhen.
The producer has moved the Bombay High Court to seek justice against the decision of CBFC.
Pahlaj, who was also present at the press conference, lashed out at the current chairman of CBFC, saying that Prasoon Joshi intentionally did not watch the film on time to certify it.
“I was supposed to release the film on December 8. He did watch Aamir Khan starrer Thugs Of Hindostan but did not watch my film. Later he watched and gave a list of unnecessary cuts without any reference of the guideline from the rulebook. They are giving this punishment to me,” Pahlaj said.
“He (Joshi) should be sacked and I do not know why the whole film industry is silent. He does not have any contribution towards his work; he does not go to the office. He calls producers at the Taj hotel and makes them wait for four hours to get the certificate of their films,” he revealed.
The conference was also attended by actor Shakti Kapoor and actress Mishika Chaurasia who are part of the film. The cast and crew showed the media all 20 scenes that are advised to remove from the film.
Asked about what will be the next step from the producer, Pahlaj said, “As you know that the case is in Bombay High Court, on November 12 we will hear the verdict of the court. We shared the scenes with media because we wanted people to show how the injustice is happening. The cuts get decided, depending on the rating of the film.”
“When a film is watched for certification, depending on the rating like ‘U, U/A, A’ the committee decides the cuts. My film is a clean family film but then how could they just give so many cuts?” the producer questioned.