Censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has alleged that there have been instances when filmmakers have tried to bribe him to retain certain scenes in their films.
When asked if filmmakers tried to bribe him to retain some scenes in their films, Nihalani said, “Yes, because people never leave their habits. They want to get away with the work by hook or crook. Somebody had offered me (bribe) also. But I can’t give names. They want to get away with the job, it’s nobody’s fault… Why blame, once we feel our work should be done we don’t mind paying money and get away.There are people who don’t have shame and do this. “Today I can tell you, my staff has refused even the Diwali gifts we get, I am proud of them. There is zero corruption in the board.”
Speaking at the launch of the new cover of Society Magazine, Nihalani further said that his staff in the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) does not accept any gifts and the corruption in the board is now zero.
Mr. Nihalani admitted that Benegal is an intelligent person who will do the right thing. Earlier, the Censor Board was termed sanskari owing to his strict rules on censorship. He added that now that the Benegal committee had been formed, they will make the new rules and he will follow them.