Actor Govinda said that the “environment in the film industry is not good” to release his new film Rangeela Raja. The actor said he is disappointed about the Central Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC) opposition to the Pahlaj Nihalani-produced film Rangeela Raja. The Censor Board has suggested 20 cuts in Rangeela Raja for its theatrical release. To oppose the CBFC’s decision, Pahlaj Nihalani (former CBFC chairperson) had filed a petition earlier this month, saying the suggestions were unjustified and uncalled for as he firmly believed that the film was not vulgar in any manner. He also hit out at the present CBFC head Prasoon Joshi, accusing him of being “politically motivated.”
When asked about the film’s release date, Govinda said: “We will let media and audiences know about the release date of the film. It is unfortunate that CBFC has censored few scenes of our film and because of that we had to take legal route to release the film.”
“I don’t see any controversial scenes which are there in the film. I think it has been deliberately done to stop release of the film and it’s not a good environment in the film industry to release the film. I have started my film career with Pahlaj Nihalani’s film, so I hope this film releases without any difficulties,” he added.
Earlier, at a press conference, Govinda said that for the last few years some people are deliberately opposing his films release by not giving enough screen space and now CBFC has stopped the release of his upcoming film.
Do these things hurt him?
“It doesn’t hurt me as a person because in the initial period of my career, I haven’t seen such kind of treatment to my films but now people from politics are entering into film business and people from film industry are entering into politics. So, that could be the reason that such kind of things are happening in the film industry. In the south film industry, we will never see such things because they co-operate with each other. So, we should learn something from them,” he said.
Rangeela Raja is a comedy film, written and produced by Mr Nihalani and directed by Sikander Bharti. The film also features Shakti Kapoor, Prem Chopra and Mishika Chourasia and Anupama Agnihotri in lead roles.