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Hope to make a positive difference: Newly-appointed CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi

Prasoon Joshi has replaced Pahlaj Nihalani as the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification. The board has also been reconstituted to include Vidya Balan, Vivek Agnihotri and a few other new members.

bollywood Updated: Aug 12, 2017 15:24 IST
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CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi,Prasoon Joshi,Pahlaj Nihalani
Prasoon Joshi during the HT & Akshara foundation round table conference at HT office in Mumbai.(Hindustan Times)

Newly appointed chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Prasoon Joshi hopes to carry out his responsibilities in a constructive manner and make a “possitive difference”.

Pahlaj Nihalani, who has hogged headlines for his controversial decisions, was replaced with Joshi in a surprise announcement last evening.

“Good intent is the best beginning. Bearing responsibility and doing my best has been my endeavour. I have believed that responsibilities are better served with constructive contribution. One hopes to make a positive difference with the guidance and support of respected minds,” Joshi told PTI after his appointment.

President Pranab Mukherjee presented Padma Shri award to Prasoon Joshi during Bharat Ratna and Padma Awards ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on March 30, 2015. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)

The 45-year-old award winning lyricist will serve as chairperson of the CBFC for a period of three years or until further orders, the information and broadcasting ministry said in a release. The government also reconstituted the existing board.

The new members are Vidya Balan, Vivek Agnihotri, Gautami Tadimalla, Narendra Kohli, Naresh Chandra Lal, Neil Herbert Nongkynrih, Waman Kendre, T S Nagabharana, Ramesh Patange, Vani Tripati Tikoo, Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Mihir Bhuta.

Joshi, a two-time National award-winning lyricist, was born in Almora (Uttarakhand). He is best known for writing songs such as Maa from Taare Zameen Par, Bolo Na from Chittagong and Zinda from Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

The lyricist-writer was awarded the Padma Shri in 2015 for his contributions in the field of arts, literature and advertising.

Actor Vidya Balan is also among the newly appointed members of the board. She said, “I hope to fulfil my responsibilities as a member to the best of my abilities. I look forward to this new and exciting phase where our cinema will be allowed to reflect the sensibilities, realities and complexities of the society we are living in today.”

Director Vivek Agnihotri told PTI from the US, “With people like Prasoon Joshi and Vidya Balan, we all are very progressive. We are not outsiders and will look at it (films) from a fresh angle.”

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