Anurag Kashyap on Censor Board reshuffle: It's like wow!

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By HT

Mumbai, Aug. 14 -- The change of guard at the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC), also known as the Censor Board, has made film-maker Anurag Kashyap a very happy man. 
 
"I was very happy since I heard the news," he says. "It's like you have been waiting for something, and it suddenly happens, and you think 'wow! Did this really happen?' And that, too, before my film came out." Anurag is elated by the news of incumbent CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani being replaced by admanlyricist Prasoon Joshi. The news broke two days ago.
 
Anurag's long battle with Nihalani over his film Udta Punjab (2016) is well known. The film-maker, who had produced the film on drug abuse in Punjab, reportedly approached the Information & Broadcasting Ministry after the CBFC refused to clear it for release.
 
Asked for his view on the new chief, the film-maker says, "I might disagree with the things he [Prasoon Joshi] says or does sometimes, but not all the time. Also, he's a very open person. What's amazing is that a dialogue [with him] is possible."
 
And Nihalani? "It wasn't a dialogue [with him] but only a monologue, where he would be the one talking, and he'd tell you what to do. It was a very humiliating process," says the Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012) director.