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What message does Ex-CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani Have For Prasoon Joshi?

13 Août 2017

The 45-year-old award winning lyricist will serve as the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for a period of three years or until further orders, the information and broadcasting ministry said in a release. I am a small entity.

'Congratulations prasoonjoshi_ bahut ummeedein hain aapse (We have a lot of expectations from you),'the filmmaker said.

I have respect for the industry.

"I really do not know how this work is done, but I do understand that it has to be done and done well. With good intent I would try and make as much difference as I can and that's all I can do and I would do it to the best of my abilities".

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People from the film industry have often said the job of the CBFC is to certify films and not censor it. In a statement given to the media, Vidya Balan mentioned that she is elated to join the cadre of CBFC as a sensor board member and is ready to take the full responsibility. I will try to take the advice of people, who have to offer good advice.

"All the people who have joined will make a difference. I have believed that right and responsibilities are better served with constructive contribution", Joshi said after his appointment. I will answer them once I get a hold of things. I need to take things in my hands like how a man, an artiste and a thinking person can do and deliver. I will use my experience, as well as my understanding in the best way possible to discharge my duties. Actually, from the time I came in, there have been elements working against me, some of them from within the CBFC.

Nihalani hopes his successor doesn't fall trap to what he calls "pseudo-progressive elements" in the film industry: "I just hope my successor doesn't succumb to false notions of liberalism propagated by the pseudo-progressive elements in our film industry and work in a direction opposed to mine". A man can only try his best. Unka toh tyohaar mere jaane se ho gaya (they are in a festive mood because of my removal). I don't know how it (CBFC) functions. I happily took up the job that the government thought me fit for.

What message does Ex-CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani Have For Prasoon Joshi?