Prasoon Joshi on becoming CBFC chief: 'I have a problem with filmmakers' intent to exploit, manipulate'

FP Staff

Aug,12 2017 19:02 16 IST

Prasoon Joshi, the newly appointed chairman of the Central Bureau of Film Certification (CBFC), said that he hopes to make a positive difference with the guidance and support of respected minds. He said that he needed to understand the nitty gritties of the board and learn about its ways, as he does not know much about its workings, as well as do his due diligence, in an interview to CNN News 18.

Prasoon Joshi. Image from Facebook

Prasoon Joshi. Image from Facebook

He labelled reinventing the wheel and going into the debate of censorship or no censorship as being unnecessary.  "If the intent [of the filmmaker] is portrayal, I'm fine with it. If the intent is to manipulate, to exploit, and create cheap publicity out of it, I have a problem with it," he explains.

When asked about his previous associations with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), he said that people can give anything a political angle, and that his life is out there for interpretation.

Joshi will serve as the chairman for a tenure of three years or until further orders. The members on his board are Vidya Balan, Vivek Agnihotri, Gautami Tadimalla, Narendra Kohli, Naresh Chandra Lal, among others.

He replaced the controversial Pahlaj Nihalani, who was sacked before his tenure could end.

The full interview with Prasoon Joshi will be out soon.

(With inputs from PTI)