It looks like the entertainment industry can finally relax as Pahlaj Nihalani’s sanskari reign has come to an end. Nihalani’s tenure was a dark era for Bollywood and people’s artistic liberty suffered, because of his famous cuts. However, it’s time to rejoice. The Central Board of Film Certification has finally sacked Pahlaj Nihalani and way too many people are already celebrating this golden day.
11th August 2017, will go down in history books as the day Bollywood was liberated from sanskari Nihalani’s reign of terror. CBFC has finally given an ‘A’ certificate (A = axed) to Nihalani.
And now, famous lyricist and poet Prasoon Joshi will take the mantle. Many are optimistic about this change and feel Joshi is the right successor.
#BREAKING | #PahlajNihalani removed as #CBFC chief. Prasoon Joshi takes charge pic.twitter.com/1m0eK2sK7H
— EconomicTimes (@EconomicTimes) August 11, 2017
From treating the CBFC like his personal territory to asking for irrational cuts and imposing his sense of ethics and morals on the Hindi film industry, Nihalani was constantly in the line of fire. Clearly, he didn’t understand that his job was only to certify a film.
For people who are late, Nihalani has been in news for creating various issues while certifying various film. Be it Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Indu Sarkaar’ or Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’, he had issues with the content, scenes, and words being used in the film. He kicked off the biggest controversy when he refused to certify “Lipstick Under My Burqa”, which talks about female sexuality and desire, calling it a “lady-oriented” film. Very recently he ordered 48 cuts in Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Bidita Bag starrer ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’.
Now that the news of Nihalani being sacked is out, the Indian internet can’t keep clam and is already celebrating the decision. Check out the reactions here:
Replacing #PahlajNihalani with #PrasoonJoshi is swapping uncool with cool, silliness with brains. Hope Smriti Irani will overhaul system now
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) August 11, 2017
#PahlajNihalani replaced by Prasoon Joshi as the Censor Board Chief.
Anurag Kashyap right now: pic.twitter.com/XAmKIm1pp3
— Sand-d Singh (@Sand_In_Deed) August 11, 2017
Yes yes yes finally the dark times for Indian entertainment is over #PahlajNihalani is finally GONE!!
Prasoon Joshi, high hopes from you
— Sharanya Narayanan (@iamsharz) August 11, 2017
Indian Film Industry right now. #PahlajNihalani pic.twitter.com/5suwLRZohz
— Nikhil Wad (@nikhilswad) August 11, 2017
Finally, flowers won’t have to touch each each other for the sex that humans have. #PahlajNihalaniSacked #PahlajNihalani Pahlaj Nihalani
— Mihir Ved (@itsmihir1993) August 11, 2017
#PahlajNihalani : cut this scene.
Everyone : ab tu cut le.
— RoAdSiDe BaBa (@Roadside_Monk) August 11, 2017
#PahlajNihalani aka #SanskariNihalani sacked as the CBFC chief. Great positive move. To be replaced by @prasoonjoshi_
Kudos ðŸ‘? pic.twitter.com/rwUBWy0RgI
— Sarthak Sahu (@sarthak9394) August 11, 2017
Pahlaj Nihalini is gone. Producers to shell out more for marketing of their movie. Free ki publicity khatam. #SanskariNihalani
— Shareq Inamdar (@itssrq) August 11, 2017
While some ain’t happy with the replacement:
Prasoon Joshi has pretty problematic views on freedom of speech by the way. #PahlajNihalani #CBFC
— Zico Ghosh (@zico_gh0sh) August 11, 2017