After creating a host of controversies and irritating and angering a large section of the film industry, Pahlaj Nihalani has finally been sacked from the post of Censor Board Chief. Many said that he had it coming, and today it has really happened. It may be recalled that Nihalani had created problems with many films and his usual practice was to introduce various cuts and then also give the movie an A certificate. Filmmakers had often protested against Nihalani, saying that the censor board should only certify films and not bother with cuts and edits. However, Nihalani never seemed to have listened to such arguments and used to apply his own standards to the job of censor board chief. Even the colleagues of Nihalani were not happy with him and had often accused him of running the censor board as his personal fiefdom.
It appears that the government finally realized the damage Nihalani was doing to the film industry, which is why he has now been removed from the post. Nihalani will be replaced by Prasoon Joshi, who is a leading lyricist, screenwriter, poet and marketer. It is hoped that Prasoon will be able to handle the job with more professionalism and will not try to force his own thoughts and opinions while certifying films.