Television famous ‘Chanakya’ is likely to win over the ‘Sanskari’ Baba. Yesterday we reported that Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairman Pahlaj Nihalani is asked to leave, now we reveal who is the top favourite to replace Pahlaj Nihalani as the CBFC chief and why finally he will be asked to quit.
A source close to the CBFC on condition of anonymity has revealed that Chandraprakash Diwedi is the top favorite and is very much likely to replace Pahlaj Nihalani, the source adds that chances of Diwedi is around 90%.
CHANDRAPRAKASH DWIVEDI AND PAHLAJ NIHALANI
When the source elaborated further, we learnt that the tenure of Pahlaj Nihalani will expire by Feb 2018 and a search for replacement was in any way due. The ongoing controversies regarding Pahlaj Nihalani’s alleged ‘diktat’ over movies certification has made I &B ministry take notice. Further a contempt of Court order has being issued to Pahlaj Nihalani by the Kerala High Court for Nihalani’s refusal to certify Jayan Cherian’s Malayalam Film KA BODY SCAPES, saying it glorifies gay relationship. Kerala High Court ordered CBFC Chief to issue a certificate and subsequent reminders where send but allegedly Nihalani didn’t oblige. The CBFC chief wanted all the board members to review the Malayalam film and demanded more time. A meeting of CBFC members has been called by Nihalani in Thiruvananthapuram on July 28 where the screening of KA BODY SCAPES will happen and next day in the subsequent board meeting, future course of action regarding Pahlaj Nihalani will be taken.
The acclaimed actor and filmmaker Chandraprakash Dwivedi known for his memorable role as ‘Chanakya’ on television and movies like PINJAR is the top choice. A member of the CBFC board, Chandraprakash Dwivedi has been in news previously for his ‘rift’ with the CBFC. The actor and filmmaker reportedly in a letter to CBFC chief demanded that the board's list of banned cuss words should not be implemented without discussion with all the members and expressed his concern over the ignorance of 'collective voice' in the way the board functions. Chandraprakash Dwivedi stood in support of Anushka Sharma’s debut as producer for her film NH10 and opposed the cuts alleging it as a 'violation of trust'.
But there is a catch, if Pahlaj Nihalani garners support for himself during the Thiruvananthapuram meeting, then he might continue but if the Ministry of information and broadcasting insists on a replacement – which is likely to happen considering the complaints and negativity getting spread amongst the film fraternity and public in general regarding CBFC and its ‘strange’ and ‘surprising’ objections and suggestions, plus the contempt of court order, Chandraprakash Dwivedi is the clear front runner.