Bollywood heavyweights want censor board chief fired

(Times of India) NEW DELHI: Top filmmakers on Monday sought the ouster of censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, accusing him of creating a “hostile” environment.

Pahlaj Nihalani
Pahlaj Nihalani

“It is unfortunate but we are unable to work with the present chief. He has created a hostile environment and made it impossible for us,” a source said after eminent film directors, producers and actors met the minister of state for information & broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore, here.

Mukesh Bhatt, president of Film & TV Producers Guild of India, Anurag Kashyap, Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Vidya Balan, Deepika Padukone, Ramesh Sippy, Shabana Azmi, Gulzar, Aamir Khan and Vishal Bharadwaj were among those who met the minister.

The move comes on the back of a spate of complaints from the film industry against Nihalani, who took charge in January.

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