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

Pahlaj Nihalani has been removed as chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and replaced by noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri said on Friday.

Published: 11th August 2017 07:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2017 10:39 AM   |  A+A-

CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani (File Photo)

CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani (File Photo)

By Express News Service

MUMBAI: Central Board of Film Certification chief Pahlaj Nihalani who has been surrounded in controversies has been shown the door as the government has appointed Ad man Prasoon Joshi as the new chairperson of the censor board.

Prasoon Joshi is a National Award-winning lyricist, and has worked on films such as Taare Zameen Par, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Neerja, among other films.

Censor board has been embroiled in controversies since Nihlani took over and the most recent include a demand for multiple cuts in Madhur Bhandarkar film ‘Indu Sarkaar’ which is based on Emergency era. Besides, refusal to certify ‘Lipstick Under My Burqa’ which explores female sexuality also drew flaks from various quarters.

Similarly, censor board had ordered 89 cuts and told producers to remove all references to Punjab, elections and political parties in the movie ‘Udta Punjab’, which was based on the state’s drug problem.

Pahlaj Nihalani took over as the chairperson of the CBFC in January, 2015 and his two and a half year long tenure has been fraught with controversy, and he has been accused of being dictatorial by other board members.

Officials said that there were many names including filmmakers Prakash Jha, Madhur Bhandarkar and TV Producer-actor Chandraprakash Dwivedi which were doing the rounds for Nihlani’s replacement for last couple of weeks.

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