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Hansal Mehta asks film industry to come together on censorship


Mumbai: Hansal Mehta has often been at loggerheads with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the director has appealed the film fraternity to come together against censorship.

The 48-year-old “Aligarh” helmer said people in the iManondustry should stand for each other and not only fight for their own films.

“We fight censorship only when it affects our own film. After that fight and a lot of rhetoric nothing changes. Same rules, same board,” Mehta tweeted.

The “Shahid” director called for the need of certification instead of censorship.

“So many associations and bodies of producers, technicians and artistes cannot influence what is imperative – Certification not censorship.”

The director, who got involved in a battle with censor board during the release of “Aligarh”, starring Manoj Bajpayee in lead role, was upset with the chopping of word “homosexual” in the TV premiere of the movie.

“The #Aligarh you saw last night on TV was a film with the word ‘homosexual’ muted and a few shots cut out for the U/A Certificate. Yes, it was painful…” Mehta posted after the TV telecast.