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Pahlaj Nihalani sacked as CBFC chief, Prasoon Joshi to replace him
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Pahlaj Nihalani sacked as CBFC chief, Prasoon Joshi to replace him



Pahlaj Nihalani was on Friday sacked as chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification in India. His successor is famous lyricist Prasoon Joshi.
 
Talking to media, CBFC member and filmmaker Ashok Pandit said, "Yes, it is correct. Pahlaj Nihalani had to resign from his chairmanship. Recently there was a lot of friction in the working of the CBFC.”
 
Joshi, a Bollywood veteran and CEO of McCann World group India and Chairman (Asia Pacific), a subsidiary of global marketing firm McCann Erickson, is expected to be announced as his replacement.

Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu, offered congratulations to Joshi for his appointment.

Nihalani has been embroiled in controversies since his appointment as the chief of the 23-member board in January, 2015. For one, he has drawn flak for his prudish views and making his political leaning clear by calling PM Modi his "action hero". His candidature as the CBFC chief was said to have been pushed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which also supported the controversial FTII chairman Gajendra Chauhan. 
 
Welcoming the move, Madhur Bhandarkar said, "The upcoming chief has from the advertising background. He is a lyricist also. An he has a perspective, looking into the younger generation. I am sure it is a welcome decision. I applaud Smirti Irani and Ajay Singh Rathore for the change. I know only as much as you know, I heard that Mr Nihalani has been asked to step down from the chair. I hope for the best.”

Recent scandals involved a demand for multiple cuts in Madhur Bhandarkar's "Indu Sarkar" which depicts the Emergency and his refusal to certify "Lipstick Under My Burqa" which explores female sexuality. Nihalani described it as "lady-oriented," complaining of sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography (phone sex) and  implied the film might offend Muslims.
 
Nihalani has been embroiled in controversies since his appointment as the chief of the 23-member board in January, 2015. For one, he has drawn flak for his prudish views and making his political leaning clear by calling PM Modi his "action hero". His candidature as the CBFC chief was said to have been pushed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which also supported the controversial FTII chairman Gajendra Chauhan.






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