Pahlaj Nihalani sacked: Top 5 controversies trigged by former CBFC chief

Do you think Prasoon Joshi would be better than Pahlaj Nihalani

Do you think Prasoon Joshi would be better than Pahlaj Nihalani

The industry had always been demanding that Nihalani be removed while urging the government that the CBFC, which is based on legislation from the 1950s, needed to change. The Ministry has appointed admaker and lyricist Prasoon Joshi as his replacement.

Since Pahlaj Nihalani took charge on January 19, 2015, controversies over censorship cropped up regularly. "Recently there was a lot of friction in the working of the CBFC".

The chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Pahlaj Nihalani has been known for his demands of unreasonable cuts in every other film.

Nihalani's views on the distinction between men and women also surfaced while talking about the film, Lipstick Under My Burkha, to which the CBFC had refused to award a certificate, only to be overruled by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal. There had apparently been major pressure on the government to remove Mr Nihalini, who had once said "I am proud to be a Modi chamcha".

There were earlier hints made on Nihalani leaving the chairperson post.

Director Vivek Agnihotri told PTI from the US, "With people like Prasoon Joshi and Vidya Balan, we all are very progressive". He was offended over the word lesbian and only after the word was muted, the movie was allowed to release. Mr Joshi should take the lead from Nihalani (sic). 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.

The official word on Prasoon Joshi's appointment hasn't arrived yet.

"I would like to thank Smriti Iraniji and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathoreji for their decision". I am sure my well-wishers are holding their breath.

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