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Don't know if CBFC is right or wrong: Big B

Monday, January 04, 2016

Steering clear of passing any judgement on Central Board of Film Certification's recent decisions, megastar Amitabh Bachchan says the CBFC works according to the clause set by the government. The board and especially its chief Pahlaj Nihalani have been in the soup for their decisions be it proposing a list of 28 banned words, demanding cuts in films like "NH 10", "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" and "Angry Indian Goddesses" or shortening the kissing scenes in James Bond movie "Spectre".

"I will not be able to make comment on it. I don't know whether it is right or wrong. They all work according to certain stipulations that is set by Government of India," Bachchan said in an interview, when asked if he feels stifled as an artist due to the working of CBFC. "If the government feels this needs to be allowed or edited, the board follows it," he adds. The 73-year-old "Piku" star said if one does not agree with the cuts made by the board, they have the right to challenge it. "If you disagree with the decision, there are various platforms where you can fight your case. It is like legal system. If you don't agree, you can go to commission, tribunal level, again if you don't agree, you go to High Court. Further you can go to Supreme Court," he said.

"If there are rules and regulations set by the government in a democratic society and in a constitution such as ours, every individual has the right to challenge it provided it is legally accepted," he stated. When asked about his take on the new committee formed by the government to revamp the censor board, Bachchan said, "Whatever rules are decided, we will have to follow them," he added. The panel, headed by Shyam Benegal, would submit its report in two months. It also includes filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, adman Piyush Pandey and film critic Bhawana Somaaya.

‘Rajini told me not to play villain in Robot’
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has revealed his good friend Tamil superstar Rajinikanth told him not to play villain in the former's blockbuster "Robot". The 2010 Tamil movie, directed by S Shankar, starred Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in lead roles. "Shankar had come to me and he wanted me to play the villain (in 'Robot'). I called Rajini. He said, 'people will not accept you as a villain, so don't do it'. I said ok," Bachchan said in an interview.

There were reports that Bachchan was approached for "Robot 2", but the star dismissed it, saying he was not offered the role. Meanwhile, gossip mills are also abuzz that Bachchan would be a part of "Dhoom 4". To this, he said, "I heard it for the first time." The 73-year-old actor will be next seen in Bejoy Nambiar's "Wazir" with Farhan Akhtar and Aditi Rao Hydari. He will also be seen in Sujoy Ghosh's "Te3n" and "Aankhen 2". "We will start ''Aankhen 2'' in March. I play the same role," he said.

"Aankhen", a 2002 heist thriller drama, was directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. The film was an adaptation of Shah's own Gujarati play "Andhalo Pato". It told the story of Vijay Singh Rajput (Bachchan) a hard-working but temperamental man.

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