Filmmakers must be sensitive to religious sentiments : Pahlaj Nihalani


Mumbai : Chief of CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) Pahlaj Nihalani, who has been in the news for the Udta Punjab censor controversy, has now spoken out on the troubles Jacqueline Fernandez’s Dishoom song is facing. Nihalani has said that religious sentiments in India are fragile and filmmakers must be more sensitive. The Sikh community had reportedly complained regarding the use of a kirpan-like dagger as an accessory on Jacqueline’s short outfit in the song “Sau tarah ke”.

Reacting strongly to the objection, Nihalani, who has been drawing the ire of the filmmaking community, said: “Would India’s new champions of freedom of expression who feel filmmakers must be allowed to show and say anything they like, have a solution to this?” “In India, religious sentiments are fragile and sensitive. They can easily get hurt and cause severe physical hurt to people at large. And people whose religious sentiments are affected are far more vigilant than we at the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) can ever be,” he added. Nihalani recommends the presence of religious scholars and specialists when censoring films with sensitive religious content. “But what to do when songs and dances violate cultures and religious codes? Filmmakers must also be sensitive, he said.