In blockbuster move, Pahlaj Nihalani snipped out of CBFC

OMG finally! Pahlaj Nihalani removed as CBFC Chief, replaced by Prasoon Joshi

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. The development came on the same day as the Pahlaj Nihalani was sacked as the CBFC chief and replaced by Joshi.

The 23-member Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which is commonly referred to as the censor board, has been mired in controversy ever since the Nihalani took over as its chief in January 2015. "Recently there was a lot of friction in the working of the CBFC".

After much ado and controversies the Centre finally made a decision to sack Pahlaj Nihalani as the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification five months before his term could come to an end.

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The films that faced these irrational cuts and moral policing were the latest "Jab Harry Met Sejal" trailer (the word "intercourse" was asked to be edited), "Aligarh" (issue of homosexuality), "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" (the word "lesbian" was asked to be removed) and many more.

Earlier, In an interview to News X, Nihalani had expressed his resentment. He was offended over the word lesbian and only after the word was muted, the movie was allowed to release. The imbroglios ranged from the shortening of Daniel Craig's kissing scenes with Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux in Spectre to the unprecedented 89 cuts demanded for Abhishek Chaubey's Bollywood drug drama, Udta Punjab.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who ran into trouble with Nihalani over his political drama "Indu Sarkar", told IANS: "Prasoon is a very evolved person". Agnihotri told IANS that he was "tempted" to join the censor board after Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani told him of Joshi's appointment. I am sure Prasoon will have a different outlook. The decision to hire me was a complete surprise to me.

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