Irony just died a thousand deaths when this news started doing rounds in media. Sacked chief of Central Board of Film Certification Pahlaj Nihalani who is known for his 'cuts' and his strict sanskari approach for films will now present erotic-thriller Julie 2. Nihalani who wanted kissing scene to be in a time limit and hated to hear the word 'intercourse' in movies will now be batting for the film which falls in the same genre which he earlier opposed.
After his infamous removal as the CBFC chief, he has again donned the producer's hat. The man who has produced movies like Aankhen, Shola aur Shabnam, Haathkadi, Aandhi-Toofan and Paap ki Duniya has no issues in backing sequel to the 2004 film. Julie 2- Bold.. Beautiful..Blessed directed by Deepak Shivadasani is in no way hurting the sanskari sentiments of former Censor Board chief. "It’s a content-driven film and Pahlajji had no objections to any of the scenes," said the director while talking to Mumbai Mirror. Deepak further said, "I started writing the script in 2012 and had discussed the idea with Pahlajji then. He loved it. He is family and after seeing it with his wife recently, he told me ‘Yeh film ab meri hai,’ and will be presenting it". Deepak also directed Neha Dhupia in Julie that released in 2004 and also marked her debut in film industry.
It seems Nihalani has kicked aside his 'decency' after his sacking as he will be unveiling the trailer today. Talking to Mirror, he said that his family loved the movie as it has message for aspiring actors. "Julie 2 should be given an ‘A’ certificate without any cuts. There is no vulgarity, obscenity or even a language problem. This is a hot seat, you have to be careful with guidelines which are perfect and only the rating system we require," he said.
It is hard to forget Nihalani's decisions while he was chairing the board. From banning Lipstick Under My Burkha for being lady oriented to imposing 89 cuts in Udta Punjab and 48 cuts in Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, he has done all sorts of thing which put him at the receiving end of makers. His 'conservative' ideology throttled the cinematic art. Meanwhile, noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi has been appointed the new CBFC chief.