Ever since Pahlaj Nihalani took over office on 19 January 2015, has gained a tarnished character for his cuts, censoring in films and being a Modi Bhakt. The latest victim to suffer from Censor Board Chief Pahlaj Nihalani refused to release two films Lipstick Under My Burkha and Indu Sarkar when demanded cuts in the films and which wasn’t required as per the director.
Pahlaj Nihalani, Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification woke up with receiving countless calls and messages curious about reports that if he has been to step down from the position of the chairperson of the Central Board Of Film Certification.
Nihalani Ji has been at receiving end for censoring films on haphazard and light-hearted grounds—right from vulgarity, homosexuality to the duration of kisses. This must have come across a huge relief for the entire film fraternity. Renowned Poet and lyricist, Prasoon Joshi has reportedly has become the new Chief of Central Board of Film Certification.
Nihalani post being removed gave out an official statement and was quoted saying that, “I was not shocked at all. I’m happy and relieved. I have done this job to the best of my capacity. I wish all the best to the film industry, and to people who were against me,” he said. He further said that he respects the government’s decision and that he is contented with his stint as the CBFC chairperson. “I’ve always performed my duty with honesty, sincerity. I have no regrets.”
Many of the opinion that reason behind the sacking of Nihalani ouster is that his desire to make changes to the current guidelines of the Censor Board. He further added saying that, “I recommended new CBFC guidelines, and rating system, even before the Shyam Benegal Committee did. I am a film industry man, so I know its requirements”
As per sources, Nihalani will be shifted into the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. But there is no official confirmation and he himself was quoted saying that he has no knowledge of this plausible update.
the CBFC Chief had come under scrutiny several times for his out-dated thinking and imposition of strange restrictions for issuing 48 cuts to Babumoshai Bandookbaaz and misbehaving with the producer Kiran Shyam Shroff of the film.
Also, we have got to know that new team will be headed by Prasoon Joshi and other member will consist of Vidya Balan, Gautami Tadimalla, Narendra Kohli, Naresh Chandra, Neil Herbert, Vivek Agnihotri, TS Nagabharana, Ramesh Patange, Vani Tripathi, Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Mihir Bhuta..