Prasoon Joshi is new CBFC chief

Prasoon Joshi and Pahlaj Nihlani

Under the chairmanship of Nihalani, CBFC has been under one or another controversy. "I will use my experience and knowledge, but it's also very important to have the support of eminent people from the film industry and society".

Replacing Pahlaj Nihalani, the new censor board chief Prasoon Joshi ensured a constructive handling of responsibilities. These elements - I'm not going to name them on-record are now celebrating premature Diwali. I don't believe in criticising anybody. Asked if he shared similar views, Joshi said, "It is too early for me to answer a lot of questions".

Actress Vidya Balan will also reportedly be a member of the CBFC. Benegal says that the ministry is yet to respond to his report, but he's happy with the current decision. I will try to take the opinion of people, who have good thoughts, as it is a new thing for me.

Vidya Balan, Vivek Agnihotri, Gautami Tadimalla, Narendra Kohli, Naresh Chandra Lal, Neil Herbert Nongkynrih, Waman Kendre, T S Nagabharana, Ramesh Patange, Vani Tripati Tikoo, Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Mihir Bhuta are the reconstituted members of the existing board.

Joshi had helmed the ad campaign that propelled Prime Minister Narendra Modi into power in 2014. The ouster of ex-chairman Pahlaj Nihalani and his entry was the cherry on the top for movie lovers. Recent films that came under the CBFC radar were "Indu Sarkar", "Babumoshahi Bandookbaaz", and 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'.

I don't have any idea about the CBFC functioning and my role as its chief.

Similarly, censor board had ordered 89 cuts and told producers to remove all references to Punjab, elections and political parties in the movie "Udta Punjab", which was based on the state's drug problem.

A frequent collaborator with Joshi, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra said: "For Prasoon Joshi to accept this responsibility is not just a step but a huge leap in the right direction that will bring us at par with the world".

Nihalani, who ruled the headlines for quite some time because of his unjustified ways of certifying films, has been removed from the position. "I hope I am remembered as the CBFC chairperson who took a firm stand against vulgarity and pseudo-liberalism, no matter how unpopular it made me". He is also popular in the advertising world.

"I would like to thank Smriti Iraniji and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathoreji for their decision".

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