CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani sacked

Pahlaj Nihalani had to resign on Friday from the chairmanship of Central Board of Film Certification. Noted Bollywood lyricist-screenwriter and ad guru Prasoon Joshi will replace Pahlaj Nihalani as CBFC chairman. Joining Prasoon on the Censor Board will be Vidya Balan, Gautami Tadimalla and Vivek Agnihotri among others.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai | Updated: August 11, 2017 9:56 pm
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Pahlaj Nihalani was on Friday removed from the post of Central Board of Film Certification chairperson.

Noted Bollywood lyricist-screenwriter and ad guru Prasoon Joshi will replace Pahlaj Nihalani as CBFC chairperson.

The government on Friday evening issued a notification announcing the appointment of Prasoon Joshi. The notification read: “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 (37 of 1952) read with rule 3 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983, the Central Government is pleased to appoint Sh. Prasoon Joshi as Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification in an honorary capacity from 11th August 2017 for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier. The Notification supersedes the earlier notification F No. M-11020/1/2014-DO (FC) dated 19th January 2015.”

Joining Prasoon Joshi on the Censor Board will be Vidya Balan, Gautami Tadimalla, Narendra Kohli, Naresh Chandra, Neil Herbert, Vivek Agnihotri, TS Nagabharana, Ramesh Patange, Vani Tripathi, Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Mihir Bhuta among others.

Prasoon Joshi

Censor Board

Welcoming the move, Madhur Bhandarkar said, “The upcoming chief has come from the advertising background. He is a lyricist also. I applaud Smirti Irani and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore for the change. I know only as much as you know. I heard that Nihalani has been asked to step down. I hope for the best.”

Simran director Hansal Mehta hoped for a better certification process. He said, “It is good that a credible person has taken over the position but we should concentrate on making the certification process stronger and get that into effect sooner.”

Pahlaj Nihalani’s tenure as CBFC chief was riddled with controversies. Movies like Aligarh, Udta Punjab, Unfreedom, Ka Bodyscape, Lipstick Under My Burkha, Indu Sarkar and Babumoshai Bandookbaaz among others had to face the brunt of CBFC during Nihalani’s stewardship.

Pahlaj Nihalani began his career as a small-time distributor at the age of 14. He started his own distribution company in 1975 and branched into producing films. Shola Aur Shabnam, Dil Tera Deewana, Aankhen and Andaaz are some of the blockbusters he has produced. Before he was appointed chairperson of CBFC, Nihalani produced BJP’s campaign video for the 2014 general elections, Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi.

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  1. S
    Aug 12, 2017 at 1:53 pm
    The highhanded radical at udes will get a different facelift only, where there is hardly any scope for maneuvering of rational outlooks. ‘Acche Din’ superficially replaces ‘Har Har Modi, Ghar Modi’. It’s just like changing of mask and slogans and one can only least hope for change in their mindset. The advocates for totalitarian state cannot budge to promote rational, open, free, Independent as well as responsible thoughts and its propagation. They will only advocate/promote and propagate ultra-nationalistic ideas wrap-around hawkish majoritarian outfit and act as a lone govt. sponsored / agency for policing morale and social values.
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      Observant Indian
      Aug 12, 2017 at 8:51 am
      Put the wider sanskari agenda, control on media on just one person and sack him to gather support, excellent politics. Nihalani was just a pawn placed to take the blame.
      1. Sunil Sharma
        Aug 12, 2017 at 8:19 am
        ITS VERY SAD TO SEE Nihalani given a PINK SLIP . HE WAS A GREAT CHAIRmAN of the Censor board. Modiji govt seems to function just like the American DT administration. ITS TIME HE SHOULD BE RE instated and every thing will be great. Modiji SHOULD HAVE THE Mental capacity to stop those trying to dislodge his man. Its very SAD TALE. Bring Nihalani
        1. R
          Aug 12, 2017 at 7:08 am
          Movies ke scenes cut karte karte nihalani ka CBFC chairman post se cut hogaya....the greatest justice prasoon joshi should do now is if a movie is intolerable then please ban it totally that will save mediocrity which is rampant in indian cinemas and bollywood particularly.
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            ashok s
            Aug 12, 2017 at 6:01 am
            Nowadays each n every movie released their is some kind of controversy , , this is pure publicity gimmick . their are parameters on board about censorship n certification , blaming an individual is regretful . On top of that , quality of movies made now has deteriorated . Joshi or nihalani , kya farak padtaah hain Pehle public picture dekhti thi , ab govt ?
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