This morning, we woke up to the news that the Censor Chief Pahlaj Nihalani told a TV channel that he would clear the use of the word 'intercourse' in Imtiaz Ali's upcoming Shah Rukh Khan-Anushka Sharma starrer Jab Harry Met Sejal promo if he gets one lakh votes from the common people in its support. (Check the video)
In an interview to a TV channel, he said: "You take voting from the public and I will clear the word (intercourse) on the promo and the film also. I want 1 lakh votes and I want to see that India has changed and Indian families want their 12-year-old kids to understand the meaning of this word (intercourse)."
Shah Rukh Khan And Anushka Sharma In A Still From Jab Harry Met Sejal
The film's second mini promo, released on Monday on the internet, where female lead Anushka Sharma uttered the word "intercourse" in one of the scenes has been disapproved by the CBFC for airing on television.
SpotboyE.com spoke to him this evening. Nihalani is in no mood to relent. In fact, he added a condition, "Look, I don't want 1 lakh votes on Twitter. That won't be difficult to get. I want 1 lakh votes on the same channel whom I told that 1 lakh votes are required.
Anushka Sharma And Shah Rukh Khan In A Still From Jab Harry Met Sejal
Importantly, I will not settle for votes from unmarried people. And neither will I be satisfied if votes come from people who are less than 36-years old. Assuming that an average age when a man/woman gets married is 23, I think they would have a 12-year old child when they are 36. Hence I want the voting public to be at least 36-years-old. Only then I will feel that India has broadened its outlook and I shall recommend to the government that the word 'intercourse' should be included in Harry Met Sejal and any film hereafter."
"These people will be the deciding factor since I assume TV is switched on in most homes." concludes Nihalani.
Anushka Sharma And Shah Rukh Khan In Jab Harry Met Sejal
Shah Rukh, Anushka, Imtiaz, what say you?