Prasoon Joshi replaces Pahlaj Nihlani as Censor Board chief: New Team appointed
The controversial Pahlaj Nihalani has been sacked and replaced by lyricist Prasoon Joshi. Nihalani’s tenure as Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief was riddled with controversies.
The filmmaker objected to scenes in films like Aligarh, Udta Punjab and more recent films like Lipstick Under My Burkha, Indu Sarkar and Babumoshai Bandookbeaaz. Nihalani had also objected to usage of ‘intercourse’ word in one of the promos of Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’
The new chief, Prasoon Joshi, who won the Padma Shri in 2015, is one of the film industry’s leading lyricists and screenwriters.
A new team of board members has been appointed, which includes actress Vidya Balan, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri amongst others:
This is an excerpt from his interview post his appointment.
In this interview, Prasoon Joshi said that he won’t advocate for complete freedom of expression. He emphasized that he’ll look at the intent of the filmmaker behind the attention-grabbing content. If the content is there for a reason, then he’ll allow it and if it’s added for cheap publicity, then he’ll censor it. He also added that even the famous Michelangelo had to function as per the rules of the then society. This made it clear that adult films would still be censored. The demand of a lot filmmakers however has been that if a film is certified adult, then no cuts should be made.
What is the censor board's problem if someone wants to add a content for cheap publicity ? This "intent" remark is nothing but a major loophole that can be utilized at their convenience, often to push political agendas