Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Pahlaj Nihalani removed as CBFC chief; Prasoon Joshi appointed new chairperson

Pahlaj Nihalani removed as CBFC chief; Prasoon Joshi appointed new chairperson

# Pahlaj Nihalani was also termed as "homophobe" after he gave A certificates to movies like Aligarh and Unfreedom, just because they dealt with same sex relationships. "Prasoon Joshi as Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification in an honorary capacity from August 11, 2017 for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier", a statement from the government said.

Since Pahlaj Nihalani took charge on January 19, 2015, controversies over censorship cropped up regularly. He drew a lot of flack from the film fraternity, particularly filmmakers trying to get their works to a larger audience.

The Centre has removed Pehlaj Nihalani from the post of the Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

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The most recent film, which had to bear the brunt of the sacked CBFC director was "Lipstick Under My Burkha", which was denied certification for being "explicit", "abusive" material and "too lady oriented". "They must be finally rejoicing that everything wrong that I was fighting against might be back". "With Prasoon Joshi heading it, it was tempting for me to come on board". It was released only after its kissing scenes were cut short. The biggest controversy happened in 2016 with "Udta Punjab" when Nihalani's board had ordered 89 cuts and told producers to remove all references to Punjab, elections and political parties from the film, which deals with the state's drug problem. "Mr Joshi will be much easier to approach". It was Mr Joshi who penned the anthem for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachch Bharat Abhiyan.

"I am happy with this decision ... this had to happen", film-maker Ashok Pandit, a member of the outgoing panel, told Reuters over the phone.

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