Prasoon Joshi, who has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), is hopeful to bring out some positive change in the certification process. He is also looking forward to carrying out his responsibilities in a constructive manner. The 45-year-old award winning lyricist will serve as the chairperson of CBFC for a period of three years, with a possibility of extension.
“Good intent is the best beginning. Bearing responsibility and doing my best has been my endeavour. I have believed that right and responsibilities are better served with a constructive contribution. One hopes to make a positive difference with the guidance and support of respected minds,” said Prasoon Joshi.
Further adding he said: “It is a job that needs to be done and we need to look at it constructively. I would do it to the best of my ability. I have just come from Delhi though I did accept it but I did not expect that things will happen so fast. “I am happy that the film industry has expectations from me. I have a lot of respect for the film industry. I will try to take the opinion of people, who have good thoughts, as it is a new thing for me. I don’t know how it (CBFC) functions. I am not someone who will sit back and talk, I will work.”
The government replaced Pahlaj Nihalani, who hogged headlines for his controversial decisions by suggesting several ‘bizarre and unnecessary’ cuts in films. The existing board has also been reconstituted with new members: 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.
Later speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Joshi said he was glad to have good people on board. “All the people who have joined will make a difference. It has to be done together. I think there is some sort of understanding that has to be brought in.”
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.
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