Eminent writer and lyricist Prasoon Joshi has been appointed as new chairperson of Central Board Film Certification by Information and Broadcasting ministry headed by Smriti Irani on Friday replacing controversial CBFC chief Pehlaj Nihalani by their surprising move.
Joshi was appointed with immediate effect for a period of three years or until further orders, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry said in a release.
Prasoon Joshi interacted interacted with media on Friday night where he stated that he believes in taking all the responsibilities.
When asked about him about the sudden development, he said, “I have given opportunity to head CBFC so right now I can only say that I will try to fulfill my responsibilities as per the best of my abilities with my experience and guidance.”
“I am happy that film industry has expectations from me. I have respect for film industry. I will try to take opinion of people who has right and positive thinking because it is also new thing for me. I don’t have any idea about functioning of CBFC and my role as CBFC chief but I feel I am a sensible man and I believe in taking all responsibilities. I have always been confident person and more than anything I think, we should do our work responsibly and I don’t believe in criticizing anybody”.
When asked him what policies he will try implement to improve CBFC’s image who has been lot of criticism from all the corners about their decisions in recent past, Joshi said, “Firstly, I need to fully understand my role and responsibility. I would like to understand what processes are specially and all I can say that with good intent, I would try and make as much difference as I can and that is only one thing one can do”.
Vidya Balan and filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri is also appointed as member of CBFC, when asked to react on that, Joshi said, “I feel all good people who are going to join will make a difference. It has to be done together and I feel some sort of understanding has to be brought in and we need to look at it constructively”.
Joshi is known for his contribution to films like “Black”, “Taare Zameen Par”, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, “Rang De Basanti”, “Delhi-6” and “Neerja” and for designing successful ad campaigns. Honoured with Padma Shri, the National Award winner penned the theme song for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and other campaigns.
Nihalani, who has been a film producer and describes himself on Twitter as “true Indian”, took over as CBFC chairperson in 2015 from danseuse Leela Samson, a year after Modi became the Prime Minister.
But he began running into skirmishes with film producers over cuts, beeps and disclaimers he insisted on, which the industry often found unfair.
Hollywood movie “Fifty Shades Of Grey” became the first victim+ to his ways of censorship. It was not allowed to release in India over its erotic content.
Nihalani soon turned his attention to the Indian industry with films like “NH10”, “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”, “Aligarh”, “Udta Punjab”, “Haraamkhor”, “Lipstick Under My Burkha”, “Indu Sarkar” and “Babumoshai Bandookbaaz” facing his wrath.
Even James Bond film “Spectre” couldn’t escape his scissors. It was released only after its kissing scenes were cut short.