I did a story for HuffPost yesterday on how Pahlaj Nihalani contradicts the organization he leads with threats — and offers — that he has no right to make. Twenty minutes after that piece was published, Pahlaj Nihalani was fired. So I wrote another one.
On Friday, the government sacked Pahlaj Nihalani as the Central Board of Film Certification chairman and appointed adman and lyricist Prasoon Joshi as the new chief.
Joshi is probably a much better choice than Nihalani to head the Board. In an interview, he had once said that in an ideal world, there should be no censorship. He’s now in a position to make that idea come true.
While arbitrary and burdensome censorship was not entirely non-existent before Nihalani, it prospered particularly under him; this needs to change. For that to happen, Prasoon Joshi has to fundamentally overhaul the philosophy of censorship that his predecessor allowed, and even encouraged.