WHAT! Censor Chief Pahlaj Nihalani Sacked, Prasoon Joshi To Replace Him?

Pahlaj Nihalani’s controversial tenure as the Censor Board Chief has reportedly come to an end. He may be replaced by lyricist Prasoon Joshi

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WHAT! Censor Chief Pahlaj Nihalani Sacked, Prasoon Joshi To Replace Him?
Pahlaj Nihalani has reportedly been removed from his position as the Chief of Central Board of Film Certification.

According to reports, noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi will take charge as the new Censor Chief.

adman prasoon joshi replaces pahlaj nihalani as cbfc chief
Prasoon Joshi Is Tipped To Be The New CBFC Chief

Nihalani’s tenure as CBFC chief was marred by a number of controversies.

Voices within the organisation, including filmmaker and senior member of CBFC Ashoke Pandit, had spoken out against Nihalani.

Earlier this month, Pandit along with the Indian Film & Television Directors' Association (IFTDA) had held a press conference denouncing the censors.

pahlaj nihalani removed from cbfc chief post
Former CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani

Hailing Pahlaj Nihalani's sacking, Ashwini Chaudhary General Secretary IFTDA said: "The sacking of Mr Nihalani is a welcome first step, it is a cause for patting ourselves on the back since the industry suffered at his indiscriminate , self created codes of censorship for a long time . The next step forward would be to put up a sensitive, updated, forward thinking replacement who understands the fine line between certification and imposition of redundant points of view."

Buzz is, Nihalani’s term was supposed to end in January 2018. What made the government take the drastic step just five months prior to that?

Nobody has the answers yet!


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