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Controversial Ex CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani Opens Up On Getting Sacked And Replaced, ‘People Were Targetting Me More Than CBFC’

Pahlaj Nihalani was replaced by lyricist Prasoon Joshi in Aug 2017 as the chairperson of CBFC. The former chief says he was being targeted and he was doing his job honestly

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Controversial Ex CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani Opens Up On Getting Sacked And Replaced, ‘People Were Targetting Me More Than CBFC’
On August 11, 2017, Bollywood producer and former Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani was removed from the post after receiving criticism. The chairperson was replaced by lyricist Prasoon Joshi. During his tenure at CBFC, Nihalani was targeted for his views about the films and the decisions he made. The ex-chief made headlines as he often removed scenes from the film. Pahlaj was targeted by filmmakers for giving unimportant cuts to the film.

Now during his recent interview with Times Now, Pahlaj reacted to filmmakers’ anger on him. He told the portal, “You cannot show what you want. I was telling them about the rule. I was making the noise, as the right picture should be shown. We have allowed foul language, but you cannot spoil the character. I had opposed obscenity, nudity and the use of abusive language, but the same system and guideline are there. In my tenure, people were targetting me more than CBFC. Why they are not targetting now?"

“Whether I am a producer, if I do not justify my work, will only be a courier service. I need to give my contribution. I have been given some job assigned by the government along with the guidelines. I was not being partial. It was misunderstood. Content makers wanted me to go so that there could be a green signal. It was marketed that way. Whatever time I was there at CBFC, I did my work honestly and with sincerity", he added further.

He concluded saying, “I think you have to have an open mind. There is good and bad. If nobody is opposing you, how will you carry the light? You have to take the criticism, to understand the right and wrong. I have understood people's mind and whatever I did was not out of personal enmity or had my opinion. Whatever was in my hand, I followed the guidelines. Everyone has to follow the guidelines, else you are not following the job assigned to you". (ALSO READ: Rangeela Raja Vulgarity Controversy: Ex-Censor Chief Pahlaj Nihalani Declares War On His Successor Prasoon Joshi)

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