Filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani’s term as Central Board of Film Certification/ (CBFC) chief came to an end on Friday after he was replaced by Bollywood lyricist-writer-screenwriter Prasoon Joshi, reports Mumbai Mirror.
Nihalani, who was inducted in the office in 2015, have had a controversial stint. Joshi’s appointment as head of CBFC has brought in a sense of relief for many filmmakers.
Reactions from all quarters of Bollywood have started pouring in after the announcement.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who ran into trouble with Nihalani over his political drama ‘Indu Sarkar’, said, ‘Prasoon is a very evolved person. He comes from the advertising background and will have a modern point of view. Choosing Prasoon is a welcome decision by the government. I would like to thank Smriti Iraniji and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathoreji for their decision. I am sure Prasoon will have a different outlook. He understands today’s movies well.’
Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal, who led a panel that has made recommendations for a revamp of the Cinematograph Act, 1952, told IANS, ‘Prasoon Joshi is an excellent choice. He is a very fine poet and also headed one of the best advertising agencies. So his understanding of the medium is very good.’
Talking to Mirror Now, veteran actor Raza Murad said, ‘Whatever has been done will be welcomed by the industry. Mr Joshi should take the lead from Nihalani (sic). Producers were feeling suffocated by the high-handedness of the Chief. Mr Joshi will be much easier to approach.’
Actress Renuka Shahane took to twitter to congratulate Joshi. She wrote, ‘So glad you are going to helm the CBFC henceforth. Happy times for the film industry (sic)’
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