Pahlaj Nihalani removed as censor board chief; replaced by lyricist Prasoon Joshi


The 43 year old lyricist Prasoon Joshi, who's known for his songs in several hit films like Taare Zameen Par and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag among others has replaced Nihalani. Or was that cringe-inducing video he produced praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi some time back the reason?

It may seem harsh that one is celebrating the unemployment of another man, but you have to see what Pahlaj Nihalani has "accomplished" during his time at the CBFC. In his short tenure, he was surrounded by many controversies.

Hollywood films that drew Nihalani's ire included "50 Shades of Grey", which was not cleared for release despite over 90 cuts, the James Bond-film Spectre, which had a kissing scene cut, and more recently Charlize Theron-starrer Atomic Blonde, which had a lesbian lovemaking scene chopped. That has come with a news channel claiming that noted poet, songwriter and adman Prasoon Joshi would be replacing Nihalani as CBFC Chief. Nihalani's candidature as the CBFC chief was said to have been pushed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which also supported the controversial FTII chairman Gajendra Chauhan.

Writer-filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, who is a member on the reconstituted Board, spoke to Mumbai Mirror from San Francisco. Vidya said she was very happy to join the CBFC. "We are not outsiders and will look at it (films) from fresh angle". I am sure Prasoon will have a different outlook.

"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". CBFC also refused certification to Malayalam movie Ka Bodyscapes saying it gay relationships. "Unless it is changed and a new system of certification introduced, their hands too will be tied by the law", he said.