Days after being sacked as Central Board of Film Certification chairperson, Pahlaj Nihalani made some sensational allegations. In fact, he passed some reproachful remarks against union information and broadcasting minister, Smriti Irani.
“Indu Sarkar was the main issue… Smriti Irani is always an issue… Whichever ministry she has been a part of, she has made her presence felt. She told me, why are you not clearing Indu Sarkar without cuts? I said, I will go with the procedure. She wanted to show her presence in the I&B ministry and who bigger a target than me? She is a powerful minister wherever she goes,” he said.
Nihalani was appointed chairperson January, 2015. He was replaced by Prasoon Joshi on 11 August. While in office, Nihalani faced several controversies. He defended his tenure saying he cleared films despite pressure including Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
“I got a call from the home ministry to not release the film on Eid because of its title.” “I wrote three letters to the ministry asking them to see the picture according to the guidelines,” Nihalani claimed. “I have gone out of my way… then too I have been made a villain.”
Nihalani maintained that the feminist drama Lipstick Under My Burkha benefitted from the proposed cuts. He also said his successor, “Prasoon Joshi is a very nice man, and he will have to reap the fruit of my sins and good deeds.”