Kushan Nandy’s Babumoshai Bandookbaazi, which was subjected to 48 cuts by the Central Board of Film Certification’s examining committee, has been cleared for a release with eight nicks. Nandy had taken his crime thriller to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, which is the highest body of appeal within the censor board. The tribunal passed the movie, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, with “minor, voluntary” cuts, in time for its August 25 release.
Apart from demanding a long list of cuts, Nihalani and other censor board members allegedly berated Nandy’s producer, Kiran Shroff, for her dress sense. On August 2, Nandy and other members of the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association held a press conference and took a stand against Nihalani’s methods. On August 11, Nihalani was sacked as the censor board chief and replaced by advertising professional and lyricist Prasoon Joshi.