CBFC terms Pahalaj Nihalani's hero in 'Rangeela Raja' misogynist who commits rape, adultery

Govinda plays the lead in Pahlaj Nihalini's 'Rangeela Raja'. Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 22, 2018, 12.48 PM (IST)

How the tables turn! Former chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification, producer-writer Pahlaj Nihalani's latest film 'Rangeela Raja' has been termed as obscene and misogynist in nature by the current members of Censor Board. Earlier, CBFC had demanded 20 cuts in the film and Nihalini had appealed to High Court to intervene.
On Wednesday, the CBFC responded with an affidavit filed at the Bombay High Court and explained why it has demanded 20 cuts in the film. 

“In a social milieu where we are taking strong actions on objectification of women, crimes against women, the examining committee of the CBFC has very responsibly suggested the aforesaid excisions or modifications in the film in public interest,” stated an affidavit filed by the board in Bombay high court (HC).

On Wednesday, the CBFC filed an affidavit in HC, stating the board had taken strong objection to how 'Rangeela Raja' glorifies violence and objectified women through the actions of its hero.  "He is shown as having no repentance of his actions and crimes, including rape, adultery and treating women as a commodity for his sensual pleasures," the affidavit further states. 

The CBFC also stated that the film objectifies women. The film body has demanded cuts in dialogues in which a woman is referred to as “kadak ghevar” (a bold woman) and another in which the hero, after a raping a woman, refers to the rape as “swadishth khana” (delicious food).

CBFC also states that film effectively glorifies hero's misogyny. While in the climax the hero is shown to repent and apologise but in the end scene,  he goes back to lying to his family and harassing women.

The hero even goes on to say, “Yeh Raja rangeela tha, rangeela hai, aur rangeela hi rahega (this Raja was randy, is randy and will remain randy).”

“In its entirety, a wrong example is portrayed to children through the film,” said the affidavit, submitted in court by advocate Advait Sethna on behalf of the CBFC.

Nihalani is yet to respond to the affidavit. He has produced and written the film. During his tenure as the chairman, Nihalani was known to demand several cuts on films terming them obscene or vulgar. 

Rangeela Raja features Govinda and Shakti Kapoor in prominent roles. 

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On Wednesday, the CBFC filed an affidavit in HC, stating the board had taken strong objection to how 'Rangeela Raja' glorifies violence and objectified women through the actions of its hero.