Drug abuse and smoking are not things we encourage in our films: CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani to the filmmakers of Rangoon!


Drug abuse and smoking are not things we encourage in our films: CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani to the filmmakers of Rangoon!

Rangoon, set in the era of 1940,  is believed to depict a love triangle amidst the World War II. The film stars Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has awarded the U/A certificate to the film after the cuss words like ‘Bakchod’ and ‘Bastard’ were taken off from the film.

Now, CBFC Chief Pahlaj has one more issue with Rangoon and has told a leading daily, “We’ve asked all such scenes to be deleted. Drug abuse and smoking are not things we encourage in our films. Smoking may have been fashionable in the past. But now, it is as unacceptable as eve-teasing and stalking. To see glamorous characters getting high on drugs is not CBFC’s idea of an evening of fun at the movies.”

A source also added, “Since the film is set in the 1940s when it was considered fashionable to smoke, the characters are shown smoking constantly. In such cases, it’s better to keep the statutory scroll on throughout the film. But we leave it to the film’s makers to decide what they want to do.”

Well, we clearly know how CBFC deals with the subject of drug abuse and the evidence of it is Shahid’s last outing, Udta Punjab. The film was based on how, in the state of Punjab, drugs are easily available. CBFC had issues with both the subject and the cuss words.

What do you think about Pahlaj Nihalani’s statements?