Lyricist Prasoon Joshi has spoke for the first time after his appointment as the new chief of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Joshi has replaced Pahlaj Nihalani who was sacked by the new Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani. The industry, including Shyam Benegal and Sushant Singh, has welcomed the news with open arms and expects the new board will bring some changes for the good.
“I believe in taking on responsibilities. The way I have fulfilled other responsibilities, I will give my best to this new task as well. I am happy that people have expectations from me and I deeply respect the film industry," Joshi told the media today.Advertisement
The ousted Pahlaj Nihalani led CBFC board had courted controversies for its conservative bent while certifying films. Filmmakers and even CBFC member Ashoke Pandit had slammed Nihalani saying that his action had insulted the CBFC and the government. Joshi was asked whether the new board will have a task to clean the tainted image of the CBFC.
“I first need to understand the role and responsibility. I do understand it in a short form but I need to know completely what the processes are. With good intent, I would like to make as much difference as I can,” Joshi replied.
Welcoming actress Vidya Balan and other new members, Joshi hoped that the new board can make a difference, saying, "All the good people who join will make a difference. I think it has to be done together and there has to be some sort of understanding which has to be brought in this job, it needs to be done and we need to look at it constructively. That's what I would do. I would do it to the best of my abilities."
In an interview with The Economic Times post his removal, Nihalani warned that films now might see an increase in 'pornographic and vulgar content'.
Joshi is a respected figure in Hindi cinema and media industry. He began his career as an adman before turning a lyricist. Some of Joshi’s best works include Taare Zameen Par (2007), Rang De Basanti (2006), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013).