It’s finally celebration time for Bollywood fraternity as filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani got sacked as CBFC chief on Friday. Pahlaj Nihalani, who had become a villain for each filmmaker and their films, finally steps down as chairperson of Censor Board Of Film Certification(CBFC).
One of the most controversial censor board chairpersons, Pahlaj was slammed every time when he insisted on cuts, beeps, and disclaimers in the movies. Just recently, he ordered 48 cuts in Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s upcoming film Babumoshai Bandookbaaz. Makers of Babumoshai Bandookbaaz and other filmmakers even protested against CBFC for limiting the creativity of the film.
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Nevertheless, the decision of Pahlaj Nihalani being dismissed has turned out into the favour of the industry and now he has been replaced by writer-lyricist-ad guru Prasoon Joshi.
A few hours after the news of his ouster went viral, Nihalani said, “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 (They are in a festive mood because of my ouster).”
Nihalani was asked if he has any regrets on leaving the position, to which he replied, “None at all. Believe me, I was brought in as the CBFC chairperson all a sudden. I happily took up the job that the government thought me fit for. Now when the government has asked me to step down, I do so without any regret. It was a big challenge while it lasted. When I came in, there was rampant corruption in the CBFC. I got rid of all the middlemen and touts who made money in the censor certification process. They too must be celebrating Diwali in advance this year.”
While talking to Financial Express, he also shared his future plans of making his way back to film production. Phalaj Nihalani revealed, “I am returning to my first love, film production, in a big way. I will soon be announcing a slew of films. It’s been a highly satisfying tenure at the CBFC for me. But it’s also been exhausting and time-consuming. I’m happy to make way for someone else.”
To people who don’t know, Nihalani had produced a string of films including “Paap ki Duniya”, “Aag ka Gola”, “Shola aur Shabnam”, “Aankhen” and “Talaash: The Hunt Begins”.
Meanwhile, check out how Twitterati have reacted to this big decision of Pahlaj Nihalani shown exit doors:
— Savio (@saviojoseph) August 11, 2017
— Kapil Sibal-Team ? (@KapilSibalteam) August 12, 2017
#PahlajNihalaniSacked when you see problems with everything around, it means you have some problem with yourself. Good riddance!!
— Amit Bansal (@amitbbansal) August 12, 2017
— Shraxis (@ShrutiAilani) August 12, 2017
— Aditya raj (@adiaxraj) August 12, 2017
— Sharang Shah (@sharangshah) August 12, 2017
— Natasha Haroon (@Natasha_Haroon) August 12, 2017
— Amby Says (@ambyism) August 12, 2017
— Review Wale Baba (@reviewwalebaba) August 12, 2017
— Russel Olaf D'Silva (@Russel_Olaf) August 12, 2017