Bollywood actor Govinda, whose forthcoming film Rangeela Raja is facing difficulties in its release, alleged that some people in the Hindi film fraternity were conspiring against him.
The film, which is being produced by former CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani, has been ordered 20 cuts and denied certification by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
On Saturday night, the actor told media, “It has been happening for last nine years where a group of people in the film industry is conspiring against me and not letting my films to release on any good platforms.”
“Either those films are not getting a release or those films are not getting good theatres and screens. The recent example was “Fryday” which released a few weeks ago and even media gave it a good review. They took the film away from theatres,” Govinda said.
“I stayed silent up till then, but how could they just stop film of a producer like Pahlaj Nihalani ji. He is one of the respected film producers of the industry who has introduced several film stars in Bollywood,” he added.
“Our film industry was never like this, and it seems we are living in a different world,” added the actor who has worked with Nihalani from his debut film Ilzaam.
Pahlaj Nihalani has moved the Bombay High Court against the CBFC decision.
Nihalani lashed out on the current chairman of CBFC and said CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi intentionally did not watch the film on time to certify it.
“I was supposed to release the film on December 8. He did watch Aamir Khan starrer Thugs Of Hindostan but did not watch my film. Later he watched and gave a list of unnecessary cuts without any reference of the guideline from the rulebook. They are giving this punishment to me,” he said.
“He (Joshi) should be sacked and I do not know why the whole film industry is silent. He does not have any contribution towards his work; he does not go to the office. He calls producers at the Taj hotel and makes them wait for four hours to get the certificate of their films,” Nihalani added.