Pahlaj Nihalani who was frequently seen in a tussle with film fraternity equally has been removed as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief. Known lyricist and National Award winner Prasoon Joshi has been given the position, said filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri on Friday. Joshi’s appointment as the censor board chief drew appreciation from the film industry and others, while social media cracked up with jokes on Nihalani. Pahlaj Nihalani has at multiple times ran into a tiff with film producers, directors and actors with the latest being Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma starring Harry Met Sejal. And the news of his removal was greeted with loud applause by the Twitterati. The micro blogging site is filled with jokes and hilarious memes on Nihalani’s removal.

Nihalani was appointed as the CBFC chairperson in 2015 and his three-year tenure was to have ended in January. Earlier, colleagues of Nihalani had accused him of treating the CBFC like his personal belonging while film makers and critics have accused him of moral policing and unnecessary cuts in movies. He also ran into a controversy with Madhur Bhandarkar’s “Indu Sarkar” which depicts the Emergency. Nihalani also came under criticisms when a CBFC member described the movie “Lipstick Under My Burqa” as “lady-oriented”. Following speculations over his removal, he had said that he would step down as the CBFC Chief if asked. Pahlaj Nihalani Sacked As CBFC Chief – Here’s A Look At The Controversies He Created During His Tenure

Here is how Twitterati responded to Nihalani’s removal as the CBFC Chief:

Because the job profile was not equal to sanskari values

When the censor board had to censor its very own

Directors, audience request please

Bollywood right now!

Directors, this is a mass appeal

Terrible goodbye

Harsh truth!


Freedom comes with multiple meanings

Movies made for genre orientated people

Joshi has contributed to popular movies like “Black”, “Taare Zameen Par”, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, “Rang De Basanti”, “Delhi-6” and “Neerja”. He is also popular in the advertising world. Joshi is also a Padma Shri winnder and penned the theme song for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.