A new beginning for CBFC

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 13, 2017

But then, I am a sensitive person and I will want to think about others", he signs off. - Sanskriti Media'I'm happy to make way for someone else'Pahlaj Nihalani is in a surprisingly relaxed frame of mind a few hours after the news of his ouster went viral.Says the outgoing CBFC chairperson, perhaps the most controversial chairperson ever, "I had been preparing myself for my exit for months now.Actually, from the time I came in, there have been elements working against me, some of them from within the CBFC.

Nagabharana, Ramesh Patange, Vani Tripati Tikoo, Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Mihir Bhuta.

The feeling of optimism was reflected by filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor who said that the industry had high expectations from him. I have a lot respect for the film industry.

People from the film industry have often said the job of the CBFC is to certify films and not censor it.

The filmmaker who had been under media scrutiny for his various decisions as the Censor Board chief finally spoken on the issue recently. Nihalani's tenure was embroiled with so many controversies and had faced a lot criticism from members of the film fraternity, as well as the public.

He also drew flak for snipping out a kiss scene featuring Daniel Craig in the James Bond film "Spectre".

The Censor Board of India has been remade with writer Prasoon Joshi as the new chairman.

'I am happy that the film industry has expectations from me. I will try and take opinions of people who have good intentions and understand things as it's also very new for me and I don't know exactly how this work is done but I believe that it's important to work.

I am returning to my first love, film production, in a big way.

The appointment of Prasoon Joshi had led to a feeling of optimism among the film trade, given his credentials of being a creative person - he has come up with handsome lyrics for films like "Black", "Taare Zameen Par", "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag", "Rang De Basanti" and "Delhi-6", and has won a National award for his lyrics for a song in "Taare Zameen Par".

"With good intent, I would like to make as much difference as I can", he said.

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