Govt planning to sack Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani over PM Modi tribute video
In a latest development in the Pahlaj Nihalani saga, it seems like the government has finally had enough of PM Modi meditating on a mountain top, and is contemplating sacking the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson.
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has decided to sack Nihalani after his Mera Desh Hai Mahan Modi video became a major embarrassment for the government, reports Mid-Day. “It is a matter of time before an official announcement will be made but the decision to replace him has already been taken,” a senior ministry official was quoted saying.
I&B minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is known to have expressed his displeasure on Nihalani’s activities and his questionable opinions, reports India.com.
The news of his sacking was first flashed on NewsX on 24 November:
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When Catch News approached another Censor Board member, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, to comment on the news. He replied with, "I am not aware. I wish that happens."
The video in question, a "song dedicated by Pahlaj Nihalani", among other things, shows a photoshopped image of PM Modi doing yoga atop a mountain. After seeing the him doing yoga, a bunch of children in the video shout: "Modi Kaka!"
The video soon became a reason of embarrassment for the government. Some celebrities from Bollywood called the video “an obscene form of flattery”, according to ABPLive. “How blatant, obscene and jarring can this get? There has to be at least some sanctity of the chair a person holds,” the report quoted filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt as saying.
Nihalani was recently also slammed on the social media following his decision to cut the length of kisses in the latest Bond film Spectre by fifty percent. He later admitted on TV that he took the decision without even watching the film.
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Updated Date: Nov 26, 2015 18:06:53 IST