Mumbai, Padma Shri Prasoon Joshi is the new Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) Chief. He will replace Pahlaj Nihalani, whose tenure was filled with controversies since his appointment to the office in January 2015. The dark night of so called “Social Police” Pehlaj Nihlani is over.
“I will have to first understand scope of the work and also the modus operandi of the board,”
While talking to the reporters after arriving in Mumba, Prasoon said that he is very happy on being given such important responsibility. He said that He had agreed to take over the responsibility but he didn’t know that it will happen so suddenly. “I will have to first understand the scope of the work and also the modus operandi of the board, he said. He agreed that there had been problems earlier, and he indicated that there will be prominent film personalities that will join board. he said that he is a sensitive person, and he would not like to take any rash decision without understanding the core issues and problems. He was replying to a question that if he is going to change the way CBFC was functioning. Prasoon insisted that he needs some time to understand the working of the Board.
Meanwhile, Appointment of Prasoon Joshi is being seen as the first major step taken by new IB Minister Smriti Irani to clean the image of the CBFC and pave path for the modern cinema. Sources close to Smriti claimed that Smriti being one of the senior member of Industry and also having a one to one relationship with many senior producers, directors and actors, She got in touch with the ‘friends’ after taking over the I&B Ministry and asked their advise. She did her home work before striking down Pehlaj.
Prasoon Joshi’s appointment as Chief of CBFC has send film fraternity dancing with happiness simply because Prasoon is not only a very sensitive lyricist and writer but also an ardent lover of modern cinema.
Prasoon comes from the Advertising background and is considered a very open minded person.
Born in Uttarakhand’s Almora, the 45 year-old poet and screenwriter is a science graduate. Joshi started his career with Ogilvy and Mather and went on to become the executive vice-president of McCann-Erickson. He began writing lyrics in 1999 with Bhopal Express, but his big break in films came with the song Kaun dagar, kaun shehar in Rajkumar Santoshi’s 2001 film Lajja. A versatile writer, he has many memorable jingles to his credit. He became more prominent after penning songs for films like Fanaa, Rang De Basanti, Black, Delhi 6 and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
In 2007, Joshi won the National Award for Best Lyrics for Taare Zameen Par and a second one for Chittagong in 2013.
Recently, his verses in Neerja’s songs were also well appreciated. Joshi was also equally successful in indie-pop, with Shubha Mudgal’s breakthrough albums Ab Ke Saawan and Mann Ke Manjeere. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2015.
Soon after appointment of Prasoon Joshi as the chairman of the CBFC, Government informed that the CBFC board is also reconstituted. The official communication on reconstitution of Board said, the Central Government is pleased to reconstitute the existing Central Board of Film Certification as follows with immediate effect for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier,
Ms. Gautami Tadimalla, Shri Narendra Kohli, Shri Naresh Chandra Lal, Shri Neil Herbert Nongkynrih, Shri Vivek Agnihotri, Shri Waman Kendre Ms. Vidya Balan, Shri T.S. Nagabharana, Shri Ramesh Patange, Ms. Vani Tripati Tikoo, Ms. Jeevitha Rajasekhar, Shri Mihir Bhuta.