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No need for censorship : Prakash Jha

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Bollywood director Prakash Jha, whose upcoming film "Jai Gangaajal" is stuck at the Censor Board, today said the country does not need censorship.

"The Censor Board has been imposed upon us. It was never needed. We can do censorship on our own. We don't need anyone to tell us what to do and what not," Jha told reporters here.

Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has "his own agenda," he alleged.

"There is a certain language, texture in the film which he doesn't understand," Jha, 63, said, adding he has appealed before the tribunal about his film.

"I hope I will get justice there without any cuts," Jha said about the Priyanka Chopra starrer scheduled for release in March.

A sequel to the Ajay Devgn starrer hit "Gangaajal", Jha's new film revisits the police-society relationship.

"Now things have changed after 12 years. The new generation has more aspirations in a growing and developing India," said the director of films like "Rajneeti" and "Apaharan".

Jha himself is starring in "Jai Gangaajal". "I had never stopped acting. This time I am acting for the audience. Earlier, I used to act for myself," he said.

First Published: Wed, January 20 2016. 21:32 IST