Jai Gangaajal: Cleared Practically As-Is by Film Certification Appellate Tribunal of Censor Board Of Film Certification

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Priyanka Chopra as Police Officer SP Abha Mathur in Jai Gangaajal
Priyanka Chopra as Police Officer SP Abha Mathur in Jai Gangaajal

Mumbai, Jan 23 - An ecstatic Prakash Jha said, “The tribunal appreciated the film and called it a very powerful movie. They said they don’t want to disrupt it."

Prakash Jha was miffed at the arbitrary demands of cuts and changes made of his film Jai Gangaajal seemingly based on personal preferences and ideas of what is appropriate for the Indian viewing public among the members of India's government-controlled Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC). Faced with the possibility of being forced into a Restricted / Adult rating for Jai Gangaajal, he decided to escalate and approached the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).

Prakash Jha piqued on Censor Board demands on Jai Gangaajal

The Revising Committee of the CBFC, headed by Chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani, asked Jha to make no less than 11 cuts in critical sections of the film for a UA certificate.

In a happy ending to the process of film censorship in India, the cop-drama has received clearance from the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), which suggested only two minor changes - first to change a word in a dialogue and the second, to reduce the length of a scene by a few seconds.

The original Revising Committee reviewers had asked Prakash Jha to make 11 cuts for a UA certificate, which if applied across the film would have added up to 70-odd cuts and would have changed its very texture. Pahlaj Nihlani had indicated his desire to give the Priyanka Chopra-starrer an ‘A’ certificate, if those 'necessary' changes were not made.

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An elated Jha said, "There are just two changes now but they are very minor. Pahlaj Nihalani had asked for 11 cuts. Now, we have been allowed everything including the language. There are no objections."

The National Award-winning filmmaker had first gone to the examining committee but the members there had a difference of opinion. He then approached the revising committee, which was presided by Nihalani.

“I felt so humiliated at the revising committee where he himself was the chairperson. And I had to tell him to stop shouting. His behaviour is bad and so is his thinking. The way he treats producers is humiliating," Jha further added.

National Award-winning Film-maker Prakash Jha
National Award-winning Film-maker Prakash Jha

“The Censor Board is not a menace, it is all Pahlaj Nihalani’s personal agenda. He does not understand. His own manipulations and methods are questionable. I hope he gets the signal that these things will not be tolerated,” he concluded.

Written and directed by Prakash Jha, produced by Prakash Jha Productions and Play Entertainment and co-produced by Milind Dabke, Jai Gangaajal revisits the dusty heartland of Central India and examines the society–police relationship. Starring Priyanka Chopra, the movie is all set to release on 4th March, 2016. Jai Gangaajal is not a prequel or a sequel to Ajay Devgn starrer Gangaajal but is a fresh story.