The fight between Pahlaj Nihalani, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, and Alankrita Shrivastava, director of the film Lipstick Under My Burkha, continue even today. After Shrivastava spoke of how she was treated by the CBFC when trying to get her film certified, Nihalani said, “These are tactics to draw attention to her film.”
“These are tactics to draw attention to her film. You tell me, what’s the only point of curiosity about the film? That the [CBFC] Examining Committee rejected her film? She has been cashing in on that for months now,” he said.
He also clarified that the term “lady-oriented”, didn’t come from him. “It was [in the letter written] by the Examining Committee. I neither viewed nor expressed my opinion over the film.”
Shrivastava, in that interview had said, “The Examining Committee was divided in its opinion, so we approached the Revising Committee. Nihalani, who was present at the screening, made me feel like a criminal.”
Nihalani on this said, “She is a liar. I was never aloof, rude or uppity with her… I very clearly remember asking her to sit. She didn’t respond. I told her that her film was rejected by the Examining Committee. She said she knew that would happen. It was a civil, to-the-point conversation. How did it make her feel like a criminal? I fail to see why she continues to flog the CBFC and me to get her film noticed, rather than have people talk about it for its intrinsic merit. Does the film have anything else to recommend itself other than the fact that it was questioned by the Censor Board?”