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Apeksha Bagchi

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Pahlaj Nihalani, The Controversial Censor King, Is All Set To Give Up His Throne To Prasoon Joshi

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  •  August 12, 2017


It is time to say your goodbyes, people! At last, we bid farewell to the king of controversies a.k.a Pahlaj Nihalani. I know any introduction concerning this ‘popular’ figure would be futile, but for the sake of knowledge, he is, oh wait, was the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification.

Known for his favorite hobby of trying to censor films like Udta Punjab to death while he let the likes of Mastizaade pass through, he had been under the radar for quite some time. The recent uproar around the critical and commercial hit, Lipstick Under My Burkha, which he refused to give a certificate, calling it “lady-oriented” and a “fantasy above life.”

Prasoon Joshi, the creator of swoon-worthy lyrics, has been the one to take away the throne from the Censor king, who is, surprisingly, acting rather mature in the face of the ‘sudden’ turn of events, “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. These elements — I’m not going to name them on-record — are currently celebrating premature Diwali. Unka toh tyohaar mere jaane se ho gaya” he said, mere hours after his ousting was made official.

His removal has mostly been appreciated from all corners. Filmmakers, who lived in constant fear of his legendary ‘scissors,’ can finally breathe freely. One such unfortunate soul would be filmmaker Kushan Nandy, whose yet to release “Babumoshai Bandookbaaz” received an appalling number of cuts – 48 to be exact! “If this step has been taken, it is a good thing. Our fight is not against one person but against an entire idea or notion. But I have to admit, this was possible due to the cumulative fight of filmmakers for our films,” he said.

The popular stand-up comedian, Tanmay Bhat, via his tweet, subtly conveyed what every director must have felt while facing Mr. Pahlaj, “Main kabhi, batla tha nahi, par censor board se darta hu main maa.”

Well, well, well, the Twitter land is sure celebrating this auspicious event.

Pahlaj Nihalani gets fired the same day Toilet Ek Prem Katha releases. Glad India is finally taking sanitation seriously.”

“Pahlaj Nihalani sacked. Marketing budget of movies to go up.”

“Pahlaj Nihalani was fond of “cuts” in movies glad that today he has been “cut” from the Censor Board-Good Riddance”

“Pahlaj Nihalani gets an `A’ certificate from CBFC. `A’ for Axed. Prasoon Joshi to replace him.”

Zakir Khan: sakht launda.
Pahlaj Nihalani : sacked launda.

Seriously worried about the debauchery to be depicted henceforth in Hindi films. Sigh, no more sanskaar. Bye, Pahlaj Nihalani.”

Whether Prasoon Joshi, a noted poet, writer, and adman, would be able to liberate the process of film certification and bring about the much-needed freedom is yet to be seen. Fingers-crossed!

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