Pahlaj Nihalani sacked, Prasoon Joshi steps in as CBFC chief

There were many allegations against CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani. Filmmakers were not happy with his censorship decision. His too much of do and don’t irked the filmmakers and couple of times they revolted against Pahlaj Nihalani and his decisions were questioned. Finally, he was sacked from his position and lyricist Prasson Joshi steps into the role. 

Pahlaj Nihalani took over the position from Leela Samson on January 19, 2015. His two-year-long tenure was filled with controversy.

"Censorship was necessary and doing away with it would mean filmmakers will resort to showing pornography and vulgarity even in normal films", sacked chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification, Pahlaj Nihalani, told ET on Friday.

He added that to preserve the culture of the country and to sustain its traditional values, censorship was needed.

"The cinematograph Act of our country is very nicely drafted keeping Indian sentiments in views. Films are audio and visual medium. They make impact on young minds. The more you show vulgarity and obscenity in films, more such incidents will increase in society. People see Swachh Bharat ads on TV and get influenced to not litter. They will get influenced to do wrong things when they are shown too. How can people not understand that?" asserted Nihalani. 

Nihalani alleged that some people have the misconception that the role of CBFC was only certification not censorship.

"The CBFC will always be known as the ‘censor board’ not certification board but some people in government have forgotten that. They created some confusion that CBFC shouldn't cut, only certify. That is not the way it works. Even the tribunal cuts. Also some producers show different versions of movies to the CBFC and to the tribunal only to humiliate me," he claimed.

Pahlaj Nihalani is not at all unhappy with his exit, "I have done my duty honestly. I came to know from the media about my appointment and about my sacking too," he claimed and added under his tenure, CBFC had become "free of corruption, middle men and agents." 

He said that he was not angry with the government. "The PM is especially is doing an excellent job. I will always admire him. Ninety eight per cent of the producers were happy with me but for two percent of producers, today is Diwali. They must be finally rejoicing that everything wrong that I was fighting against might be back." 

Speaking about the new censor board chief Prasoon Joshi, he is a National Award-winning lyricist, and has worked on movies like Taare Zameen Par, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Neerja, among other.