Move comes after the Censor Board drew flak during the term of Pahlaj Nihalani for slew of cuts recommended in films at his behest
At the first meeting of its newly instituted board, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has decided to welcome interactions from the industry to refine the movie certification process. The meeting was held a month after lyricist, writer and ad man Prasoon Joshi was appointed as the chief of the censor board.
The meeting held on Monday was also attended by other board members including, “Gautami Tadimalla, Jeevitha Rajashekar, Mihir Bhuta, Naresh Chandra Lal, Neil Scott Nongkynrih, Ramesh Patnage, T.S. Nagabharna, Vani Tripathi Tikoo, Vidya Balan, Vivek Agnihotri and Waman Kendre.”
In a statement to the media, Prasoon Joshi said, “The purpose is clearly to make things better for all stakeholders where there is mutual respect and collaboration. It was felt that the constant fine-tuning of our sensibilities towards the changing world of cinema is desirable and also that the processes should be further streamlined for the benefit of the industry practitioners. The CBFC also decided that soon they would have an industry interaction to share the refinement of the processes and take industry inputs to make the certification process as smooth as possible.”
Joshi’s appointment as the CBFC chief came after former head Pahlaj Nihalani was sacked and replaced following a series of controversies during his tenure. A Padma Sri awardee of 2015, Joshi is a popular lyricist and scriptwriter of Bollywood. He has won National Awards for best lyricist twice – for ‘Maa’ in Tare Zameen Par (2008) and ‘Bolo Na’ in ‘Chittagong’ (2013).
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had reconstituted the panel of CBFC on August 11. In the latest reshuffle at the board, National Award winning actress Vidya Balan also booked a place in the administrative team of the censor board. Following the first board meeting, Vidya Balan lauded the panel’s initiative and stated, “It was reassuring to know we are all on the same page.”
The former CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalan, in several instances, had been criticized and accused of treating the censor board as his personal territory for demanding several cuts in movies in the name of moral policing.