Pahlaj Nihalani Sends Legal Notice to IIFA For Defamation
Producer and chairperson of the Censor Board Pahlaj Nihalani has sent a 5-page legal notice to the IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) and its organizers Wizcraft International.
The legal notice (a copy of which is in this writer’s possession) sent on behalf of Mr Nihalani by his lawyer Suren Uppal states that at the IIFA awards held on July 15 in New York, Nihalani’s picture was used in an inappropriate manner during a skit performed by Riteish Deshmukh and Manish Paul where the CBFC chairperson was referred to as a ‘watchman’.
The 5-page notice goes on to state that the same kind of “grossly defamatory expressions” were undertaken at the IIFA in 2016 in a skit by Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor.
The notice demands an unconditional apology in several newspapers and channels and a pledge to not defame Nihalani with similar acts in the future.
The CBFC chairperson plans to take legal action against all those who have been repeatedly ridiculing him. We hear Suhel Seth is next in the line of fire.
Nihalani states, “These people forget they insult not me but the position held by me as the chairperson of the CBFC. It’s time to let them know the joke is not on me.”
(The love of Lata Mangeshkar's voice and Hindi movies - in that order - has propelled Subhash K Jha to the pursuit of journalism for over 30 years.)
(We all love to express ourselves, but how often do we do it in our mother tongue? Here's your chance! This Independence Day, khul ke bol with BOL – Love your Bhasha. Sing, write, perform, spew poetry – whatever you like – in your mother tongue. Send us your BOL firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp it to 9910181818.)
(The Quint is now on WhatsApp. To receive handpicked stories on topics you care about, subscribe to our WhatsApp services. Just go to TheQuint.com/WhatsApp and hit the Subscribe button.)