Pahlaj Nihalani, chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), is no stranger to controversies. In his capacity as the president of an organisation called Movie Image Makers, he has kicked up another row by asking Bollywood producers and distributors to defer the release of their upcoming movies till December 30 in view of the cash crisis being faced by the average movie goer. In conversation with Giridhar Jha, Nihalani explains why the film makers would do well to pay heed to his advice.
Why have you asked film makers and distributors to defer the release of their films till December 30?
I have only suggested them to do so in the overall interest of their products. It’s up to them to act upon it. The common man is undoubtedly facing acute cash crisis and he is not able to withdraw more than Rs 2,000 from the ATMs. At the moment, he has to meet the daily needs of his family. Entertainment is the last thing on his mind.
But tickets are being sold...