‘Jai Gangaajal’ gets UA from FCAT; Prakash Jha slams Pahlaj Nihalani

The newly-revamped Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) has cleared Prakash Jha’s upcoming film ‘Jai Gangaajal’ with a ‘UA’ certificate with two minor cuts. The film starring Priyanka Chopra in the lead was earlier stuck in the censor board.

Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani had demanded 11 cuts in the action drama. And if the makers failed to follow the instructions, ‘Jai Gangaajal’ would get an ‘A’ certificate, Nihalani had further said. However, the FCAT has rejected the censor board’s decision and passed the film with only two cuts.

"There are just two cuts now but they are very minor. They asked me to just tone down little bit. He (Pahlaj Nihalani) had asked for 11 cuts. Now, we have been allowed everything including the language. There are no objections," Jha told the Press Trust of India.

The filmmaker further said that the Tribunal appreciated the movie and called it “powerful” after watching it. They decided not to disrupt the movie with unnecessary alterations.

Following Nihalani’s demand of 11 cuts and threat of an ‘A’ certificate if the visuals and verbal cuts are not met with, the 63-year-old director had been fighting to get a ‘UA’ certificate for his film. Jha first approached the examining committee, but the members there had a difference of opinion. He then approached the revising committee, which was headed by Nihalani himself.

"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 said.

"The censor board is not a menace, it is all 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 further said.

Priyanka Chopra who plays the role of IPS officer Abha Mathur in the film appreciated the director’s efforts and tweeted, “Thank u @prakashjha27 4 the support!Can't wait to share #JaiGangaajal with d world.A film I'm proud of!Thank u 4 fighting 2 tell this story.”

‘Jai Gangaajal’ is scheduled to release on 4 March.