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Filmmakers' freedom of expression will now be protected: Ashoke Pandit on Prasoon Joshi's CBFC entry

12 August, 2017 5:56 AM
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With Pahlaj Nihalani's era as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief ending and the Prasoon Joshi era beginning, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit sees it as a silver lining for the filmdom.

Weighing in on this change of authority, the CBFC member said in an interview, "I am thankful to the Government of India, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Iraniji and Rajyavardhan Rathore sahab that they have taken this decision of getting Prasoon Joshiji on the chair of the chairman of CBFC."

"We all in the industry are very happy and excited with this decision made by Smritiji. We all, entire directors' fraternity and producers' fraternity, stand by Smritiji's decision," he further said, adding, "I'm sure the freedom of expression of a filmmaker will now be protected with Joshi coming in as a chairman."

Furthermore, Pandit expressed his confidence in Joshi's ability, saying that the Shyam Benegal committee's report will soon be considered.

"We all respect him a lot and as a writer, as a thinker, he identifies with today's cinema," he said, adding, "I'm very confident and sure the Shyam Benegal committee's report will very soon come into force."

Nihalani, who has been under the radar for the recent cuts and censorship in movies, was dethroned as the CBFC chief on Friday.

"In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 (37 of 1952) read with rule 3 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983, the Central Government is pleased to appoint Sh. Prasoon Joshi as Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification in an honorary capacity from 11th August, 2017 for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier," said an Information and Broadcasting Ministry statement.

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