I don’t regret stepping down as CBFC Chief: Pahlaj Nihalani


On Friday filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani, was sacked as Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief he was appointed to this post on 2015, said he had no regret about being asked to step down, he had in fact been preparing for his exit since months. Writer-lyricist-ad guru Prasoon Joshi is being appointed in his place.

One of the most controversial censor board chairpersons who ran into conflict with film producers over cuts, beeps, and disclaimers, Pahlaj Nihalani spoke in a calm frame of mind after the news of his ouster went viral and stated, “I had been preparing myself for my exit for months now. Actually, from the time I joined, there have been elements working against me, some of them from within the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).”

And he believes that after his departure no one will regret in CBFC and not even me. And to that Pahlaj Nihalani said “Believe me; I was brought in as the CBFC chairperson all of a sudden. I happily took up the job that the government thought that will fit me. Now when the government has asked me to step down, I do so without any regret.” Again he added and said “It was a big challenge while it lasted. When I came in, there was uncontrolled corruption in the CBFC. I got rid of all the middlemen and tout who made money in the censor certification process. They too must be celebrating Diwali in advance this year.”

On asked about Joshi being his successor, he said, “Whoever captures my post is welcome to do. I only hope that he doesn’t turn round the work that I started at the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). I feel we have accomplished a lot in the past three years. We’ve speed-up the certification process and made it completely digital. I just hope my successor doesn’t yield to false notions of liberalism propagated by the pseudo-progressive elements in our film industry and work in a direction opposed to mine.”

“I have no regrets, none at all. I worked in all honesty and with utmost sincerity. In the process, and that has offended a lot. I also got labeled a ‘Sanskari’ censor chief and if I say I am proud of that label.

When asked about his plan after this he said, “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 pleasing tenure at the CBFC for me. But it’s also been exhausting and time-consuming. I’m happy to make way for someone else.”