I'm not a big man, I'm a small entity, says Prasoon Joshi

Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza

He is now being replaced by none other than famed lyricist, screenwriter and poet Prasoon Joshi, who seems a popular pick.In an interview, both the ousted and the newly appointed chiefs react to this decision by the government.'I am a small entity'Poet and lyricist Prasoon Joshi was surprised - not at being appointed as the new chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) - but on rather how quickly it took place."I had given my consent to this, but then all this has happened so fast". I don't know how it (CBFC) functions.

I am returning to my first love, film production, in a big way.

Ever since he took over as Censor board chief in 2015, Nihalani had become the "bug bear" for the film fraternity for curbing the creativity of the filmmakers by carrying out unnecessary cuts in films. I am happy to make way for someone else. Actually, from the time I came in, there have been elements working against me, some of them from within the CBFC. I need to take things in my hands like how a man, an artiste and a thinking person can do and deliver. "There are a lot of big personalities who will be around me and I am lucky that I will get to know them and work with them for the betterment of the film industry", says Prasoon. Unka toh tyohaar mere jaane se ho gaya (they are in a festive mood because of my removal). He went on to recall the developments made under his tenure, "I feel we have achieved a lot in the past three years". We've speedened up the certification process and made it entirely digital. I just hope my successor doesn't succumb to false notions of liberalism propagated by the pseudo-progressive elements in our film industry and work in a direction opposed to mine.

Do I have any regrets? None at all. I worked in all sincerity and with utmost honesty.

The whole process is still not fully known to me. In a statement given to the media, Vidya Balan mentioned that she is elated to join the cadre of CBFC as a sensor board member and is ready to take the full responsibility. "I have never shied from taking responsibilities till date", he states. "I am not someone who will sit back and talk, I will work".