The chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Pahlaj Nihalani, has laughed off reports suggesting that he has made up his mind on resigning from his post owing to unrest in the film fraternity after he revived a 2003 order to ban cuss words from films. “I am resigning? Really? Those reports must be by people who have an agenda. I am not resigning and no one has asked me to,” says the veteran filmmaker.
After Nihalani took charge of the office in January this year, there have been reports of board members being unhappy with either the ­decisions he has taken or his “tyrannical” way of implementing them. We also reported how filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Vishal Bhardwaj, and actors Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma, among others, met I&B minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Monday, demanding his ouster.
Nihalani, however, says, “Since the time I have taken charge, the board has been working in a systematic fashion. I am doing my job according to rules and ­regulations. All the films till March 4 have been given certification, which shows our efficiency. Producers are also happy that their movie ­trailers are getting a clearance within 24 hrs. I value the ­opinion of my board members. If some members have a difference of opinion, they are welcome to discuss. Those who are creating unrest have their own axe to grind.”