Director Prakash Jha said on Wednesday that Central Board of Film Certification "has been imposed" on the industry and was never needed. He said that Indian films do not need censorship, adding that India's new generation has more aspirations in a growing and developing country.
"We can do censorship on our own. We don't need anyone to tell us what to do and what not,” he said. Jha has been at loggerheads with the censor board after it demanded cuts in his upcoming film Jai Gangaajal. He criticised the board's chief Pahlaj Nihalani, saying, "There is a certain language [and] texture in the film, which he doesn’t understand."
On January 1, the central government decided to set up a committee headed by filmmaker Shyam Benegal to revamp the censor board. The Nihalani-headed CBFC has been embroiled in many controversies in recent months, the most recent one being trimming two liplocks in the James Bond movie, Spectre.