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'Jab Harry and Sejal met censors': Shah Rukh Khan responds to Pahlaj Nihalani

Pahlaj Nihalani, the chief of the Central Board of Film Certification had asked to chop off the word 'intercourse' from one of the mini-promos of 'Jab Harry met Sejal' for TV, saying he would retain it if he gets one lakh votes in its favour.

'Jab Harry and Sejal met censors': Shah Rukh Khan responds to Pahlaj Nihalani
Shah Rukh Khan

The censor board chief recently objected to a word in the trailers of Shah Rukh Khan-Anushka Sharma's 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' but the actor says there is nothing derogatory in the film. Pahlaj Nihalani, the chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had asked to chop off the word 'intercourse' from one of the mini-promos of the film for TV, saying he would retain it if he gets one lakh votes in its favour.

When asked about it, Shah Rukh joked, "I am below 18, so I can't vote." The actor, who invited media today to celebrate Eid and 25 years of his Bollywood journey, however, assured fans that the film will be a fun entertainer. "I don't need to say this but Imtiaz, myself, Anushka and whoever is a part of this film will never be disrespectful through our films. "The film has still not gone to the censors... Maybe out of context things they didn't like... But when they see the whole film, they will understand the context and hopefully
everything will be okay," he said, adding if the board does not like something, they are open to changing it.

Talking about his 25-year-long career, SRK said he was grateful to people for tolerating him for so long. The actor said all the festivals are celebrated in his family as he believes religion is something that his children should discover on their own. "I believe religion is personal. Children or grown ups should be left themselves to learn... You learn and respect
each other because you learn your religion on your own. I hope my children do the same," Shah Rukh said recalling how his parents let him discover other religions.

The actor, 51, a voracious reader, is known for his well-stocked library. He revealed that he has been reading 'Mahabharata' for sometime now. "I have been reading Mahabharata for last one and half years because I love the stories in it. I tell those stories to AbRam. Similarly, the stories that I know of Islam, I narrate them to him as well. I hope they learn all the religions on their own and respect it. I hope they enjoy the fact that their traditions and beauty needs to be respected and loved."

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