Mehta had criticised the censor board for the A certificate, saying he was 'surprised' by the cuts they asked for in the film and termed the board 'homophobic'.

Nihalani, defending his decision, said that the topic of homosexuality is not for kids and teenagers to watch.

"The certification we have given to the trailer is according to the content. If the makers feel it is not justified then let them take a public opinion on this... Tell me, is the subject of homosexuality for kids? For teenagers? We have already cleared the film and now they are creating a controversy. This is a cheap publicity stunt by him (Mehta)," Nihalani told media.

Mehta had alleged that by giving the trailer an A certificate the censor board has 'put a stop to the promotions' as the promo will now run only with an adult rated film.

Nihalani said the Censor board is not trying to sabotage 'Aligarh'. He further said it is unfair to compare A certificate given to 'Aligarh' with the promos of adult comedies 'Mastizaade' and 'Kya Kool Hai Hum 3'.

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