Accused of irrational cuts and moral policing, Pahlaj Nihalani has been sacked and replaced by National Award winner Prasoon Joshi. The famous lyricist-adman Prasoon Joshi is also joined by actor Vidya Balan on the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The man behind PM Modi’s “Acche Din” campaign, Prasoon Joshi, replaced the former CBFC chief on Friday. Joshi is one of the film industry's leading lyricists and screenwriters. The noted adman-lyricist has twice won the National Award For Best Lyrics and a Padma Shri in 2015.
"With good intent, I will try to make as much difference as I can. I think there is some sort of understanding that needs to be brought in. I have believed that right and responsibilities are better served with constructive contribution," Joshi told the media.
Nihalani had been stuck in a series of controversies since his appointment; he has been accused of passing arbitrary decisions in the CBFC. Recently, he was involved in yet another controversy where the Board under his direction demanded multiple cuts in Madhur Bhandarkar's "Indu Sarkar" which depicts the Emergency and refused to certify "Lipstick Under My Burkha" which explores female sexuality. Director Alankrita Shrivastava won her case after challenging the CBFC’s decision.
Joshi will serve as the Chief of the Central Board of Film Certification for a period of three years or until further orders, Information and Broadcasting Ministry said in a release, reported news agency PTI.
Vidya Balan, Vivek Agnihotri, Gautami Tadimalla, Narendra Kohli, Naresh Chandra Lal, Neil Herbert Nongkynrih, Waman Kendre, T S Nagabharana, Ramesh Patange, Vani Tripati Tikoo, Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Mihir Bhuta will be joining Prasoon Joshi on the Censor Board.
The country has high hopes from the man of the moment, to defy the prevailing moral policing by the Board. Will this move mark the beginning of achhe din for the Indian film industry? Only time will tell!
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