Was Ekta Kapoor The Reason Behind Pahlaj Nihalani Being Sacked?

Sukriti Gumber
Ekta Kapoor

Ekta Kapoor backed up Lipstick Under My Burkha, a typically offbeat film which was facing a lot of difficulties due to its controversial plot. Not only did the film see the light of the day because of Ekta, a lot of her celeb friends hugely contributed to the film’s promotions.

Ex- CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani eventually ordered the film to be released – but not without some 27 odd cuts. Quite obviously, the makers were enraged as those cuts were essential to the film and not portraying anything out of the ordinary. Similarly for Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, producer Kiran Shroff had to suffer a lot of humiliation at the hands of the board. Her husband and director Kushan Nandy reportedly gave a written complaint against Mr. Nihalani and other members to the I&B Ministry for misbehaving with his wife during the screening of their film.

The tyranny is finally over as Prasoon Joshi has taken over as the CBFC chief. However, if recent reports are to believed, Mr. Nihalani’s ouster had a little something to do with #BossLady Ekta Kapoor. As we all know, Ekta has a long association with Smriti Irani, the new Information & Broadcasting Minister. Their friendship goes back 17 years when Smriti starred as Tulsi Virani in Ekta’s iconic soap, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.

When Lipstick Under My Burkha was attacked by the CBFC for being too “women oriented”, Ekta expressed her displeasure to Smriti, who in turn sacked Nihalani. We don’t know how much of truth there is in these reports, but if this is true – thank you Ekta! You have done us all a huge favour.

Regressive mentality will finally take a backseat and we’ll finally know what happens behind those flowers.

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