Dear Pahlaj Nihalani, Here’s Why I Feel You Don’t Deserve To Be The Head Of The CBFC

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Updated on 13 Jun, 2016 at 12:50 pm


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This one hashtag has opened the rusted gates of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), revealing the mediocre and stunted minds of the committee, which hastily ruins creative freedom and orders cuts after cuts with the trivial aim to make films more sanskari. The man leading this brainless organization is Pahlaj Nihalani, head of the Central Board of Film Certification.


This myopic man has been a pain in the ass for all independent directors who dared to cross the limitations of art. It’s high time that BJP rethink his position to save creativity from sinking into nothingness.

Is he creatively or intellectually sound enough to hold this position?

What all has he achieved to decide the future of Indian cinema?



Let’s try to get to know him better.

Nihalani is a Hindi film producer of the 80s and 90s with films like ‘Haathkadi’, ‘Aandhi-Toofan’, ‘Ilzaam’, ‘Aag Hi Aag’ (the movie that launched Chunky Pandey),  ‘Shola Aur Shabnam’ and ‘Aankhen’ under his kitty. 

Well, glad to hear that he is at least related to Bollywood, but it is just as a producer that too primarily of the 90s era. The same era when films were made to fill those empty pockets with large chunks of money and creativity was dead. In the last decade, he has not produced even a single film.

Belonging to the hopeless years of Bollywood, is it justified for him to question Anurag Kashyap’s talent, who brought Bollywood on the Cannes map?

Fifteen years down the line, time changed, cinema was transformed and the mindset of the youth is different but he still wants to run the film industry with his same old sanskari philosophies.

After researching his sanskari legacy, I stumbled upon a few glimpses of his films like ‘Shola Aur Shabnam’ and ‘Aankhen’.




Why were these scenes never cut?

Nihalani also served as the President of the Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers for 19 years until he resigned in 2009.

Well, Wikipedia has no idea what that is.

So, I googled and reached their official website. All the rich producers are part of this government organization. It produces title certificate to the CBFC at the time of film censorship and is also involved in fighting legal matters among producers when required.

Tell me, how can a person who has been a film administrative head all his life have a final say for every film scene?

Here are a few insights on his official page.

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Yeah. This is what his organization does. Business and just business.

Nihalani also tried directing a film but failed.

In 2012, he directed his first film, ‘Avatar’, starring Govinda. He himself copied the title from a Hollywood blockbuster.

Then, why the f*ck does he give so much importance to titles?

This film was supposed to launch Govinda’s daughter, Narmada Ahuja. Glad, it didn’t. It was also scheduled to be released on 25 December 2015 but now is postponed till 2016.

He, being the head of the CBFC, took 4 years to release a film.

Yes, I am still laughing.

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If you really want to know how good a director he is, watch the video below at your own risk. Living under the shades of Modi has ignited arrogance in him and that’s way the flexibility of his mind has expired.

Acche din in cinema are just far away.


At last, all I want to say is: Under Nihalani, creativity rests in cuts.



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