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Pahlaj Nihalani sacked, Prasoon Joshi is new censor board chief

12 Août 2017

"Prasoon Joshi as Chairperson of the 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", a statement from the government said.

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, who has been appointed a member of the censor board, told IANS about the structural changes in the government-appointed body, which oversees all movies before they are released in India. He is best known for writing songs such as "Maa" from "Taare Zameen Par", "Bolo Na" from "Chittagong" and "Zinda" from "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag".

Joshi had helmed the ad campaign that propelled Prime Minister Narendra Modi into power in 2014.

Nihalani's views on the distinction between men and women also surfaced while talking about the film, Lipstick Under My Burkha, to which the CBFC had refused to award a certificate, only to be overruled by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal.

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Hollywood movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" became the first victim to his censorship.

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.

Newly appointed censor board chief Prasoon Joshi today said that he hoped to carry out his responsibilities in a constructive manner. The ministry's decision has been welcomes by the industry, with veteran actor Raza Murad calling the high-handedness with which Nahlani treated producers "suffocating".

"The upcoming chief has come from the advertising background". The decision to hire me was a complete surprise to me. I am sure Prasoon will have a different outlook.

Pahlaj Nihalani sacked, Prasoon Joshi is new censor board chief