Pahlaj Nihalani removed as CBFC chief, Prasoon Joshi to replace


The chief of CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) has finally been removed. He has been subjected to a lot of flak for his brutal censorship of many films like Udta Punjab, Lipstick Under My Burkha, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz etc.

Popular writer-lyricist Prasoon Joshi will be replacing Pahlaj at the helm. Though the official announcement has not been made yet. Pahlaj Nihalani had assumed office in January, 2015.

One of the most controversial censor board chairpersons who skirmished with film producers over cuts, beeps and disclaimers he insisted on, Nihalani told IANS: “I had been preparing myself for my exit for months now.”


He alleged that since the time he became CBFC chief in 2015 “there have been elements working against me, some of them from within the CBFC. These elements — I’m not going to name them on-record are currently celebrating premature Diwali.”

A government statement posted late in the night said that Joshi has been appointed Chairperson of 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”.

National Award winning actress Vidya Balan has been appointed as part of the reconstituted CBFC.

Vidya said she was very happy to join the CBFC. “I hope to fulfill my responsibilities as a member to the best of my abilities. I look forward to this new and exciting phase where our cinema will be allowed to reflect the sensibilities, realities and complexities of the society we are living in today.”

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