The government last month replaced Pahlaj Nihalani with songwriter-adman Prasoon Joshi. According to the reports, under the chairmanship of Joshi, the makers of “Love Sonia” were asked to make 45 cuts in the film starring Freida Pinto and Richa Chadha.
Prasoon Joshi, the newly appointed CBFC chief called his first meeting with the board members. Joshi said that the purpose of CBFC is to make things better for all the stakeholders. Prasoon Joshi replaced Pahlaj Nihalani as the CBFC chief last month.
After the shocking murder of a seven-year-old child in Ryan International School, CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi took to Facebook to pen down a heart-wrenching poem about the tragedy of lost childhood, while condemning child sexual abuse. The poem encapsulates the horror that a child goes through after sexual abuse.
After his infamous sacking, Pahlaj Nihalani is now backing just the kind of product he opposed to while he chaired the Censor Board of Film Certification until last month. Yes, he is presenting the erotic sequel Julie 2 directed by Deepak Shivdasani.
Adman-lyricist Prasoon Joshi, who took over recently as the CBFC chief, on his new role, bringing together all stakeholders and why he believes in the power of informed choice
Larger committee to have 40 members
Bollywood actor Richa Chadha, while launching the teaser of her upcoming film Jia Aur Jia, has come up and hailed the central government’s decision of appointing Prasoon Joshi as the new chairman of Central Board of Film Certification. Former head, Pahlaj Nihalani was sacked as the CBFC chief on August 11.
Pahlaj Nihalini, who had hogged headlines for his controversial decisions, was sacked and replaced with lyrics writer Prasoon Joshi in a surprise announcement on August 11. As Bollywood celebrates the decision, Bengali directors too are happy about the development.
Prasoon Joshi is getting wishes and appreciation as the new lead for the Censor Board from all corners. Popular Bollywood celebrities like Shyam Benegal, Shoojit Sircar, Madhur Bhandarkar and Rahul Dholakia have come out in his support and welcomed him.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit says he is thankful that Prasoon Joshi has been chosen to replace Pahlaj Nihalani as the head of the CBFC. He also adds, “I’m sure the freedom of expression of a filmmaker will now be protected with Joshi coming in as a chairman.”
Prasoon Joshi is not only a screenwriter and an ad guru, but a well-known lyricist and poet too. Jotting down his views in poignant poetic verses for the girl child, he has often shed light on women empowerment through his words. Have you read them all?
Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal hopes with Prasoon Joshi’s appointment as the new chief of the Central Board of Film Certification, things will improve. Pahlaj Nihalani was on Friday removed from the post of Central Board of Film Certification chairperson.
CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi said that he hopes to make a positive difference with the guidance and support of respected minds. Members of the reconstituted Censor Board also include Vidya Balan, Vivek Agnihotri and Gautami Tadimalla among others.
The moves comes within a month of Smriti Irani taking additional charge of the Ministry, and caps the two-and-half-year tenure of Nihalani, who was embroiled in a series of controversies, and faced charges of cultural policing and endorsing a list of “banned” words in movies.
Noted Bollywood lyricist-screenwriter and ad guru Prasoon Joshi on Friday replaced Pahlaj Nihalani as CBFC chairperson. The government late Friday issued a notification announcing the appointment of Prasoon Joshi.