What message does Ex-CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani Have For Prasoon Joshi?

Avinash Das

Avinash Das

The development came on the same day as Nihalani was sacked as the CBFC chief.

The government has also reconstituted the existing board with new members such as 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.

Joshi said he understands the expectations of the industry from the board and will try to take everyone along. I am happy to make way for someone else.

The filmmaker who had been under media scrutiny for his various decisions as the Censor Board chief finally spoken on the issue recently. I only hope he doesn't reverse the work that I started at the CBFC.

Nihalani will be going back to producing films.

He also drew flak for snipping out a kiss scene featuring Daniel Craig in the James Bond film "Spectre".

On his part, Prasoon Joshi said that as the Censor Board chief, he will take cognizance of people's views while carrying out his work and would try to make as much difference as he could.

The appointment of Prasoon Joshi had led to a feeling of optimism among the film trade, given his credentials of being a creative person - he has come up with handsome lyrics for films like "Black", "Taare Zameen Par", "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag", "Rang De Basanti" and "Delhi-6", and has won a National award for his lyrics for a song in "Taare Zameen Par". Talking to a popular portal, he said that he's happy to "make way" for somebody and that he hopes the new chief carries on with the values he has imbibed in the industry while censoring films. I will try to take the opinion of people, who have good thoughts, as it is a new thing for me.

I am returning to my first love, film production, in a big way. Believe me, I was brought in as the CBFC chairperson all of a sudden.

I have always been a confident person and more than anything I think, we should do our work responsibly. "I have never shied from taking responsibilities till date", he says.Tell Joshi that the job of the CBFC head is to certify and not to censor and he offers this.

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