Prasoon Joshi has been making news from the time he took over as the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). With Pahlaj Nihalani, the CBFC was always embroiled in controversies for one reason or the other. Prasoon Joshi too couldn’t avoid a shave with a few.
The latest is the issue over Tamil film Mersal after certain media reports indicated that the movie's Telugu version was getting delayed due to the CBFC. In response to this, the writer-ad guru told IANS, “I am not upset, I'm a little disappointed that before you (people) make accusations and allegations, you should check because such a (certification) process requires sensitivity from both ends."
"Let's not use CBFC for some commercial reasons or for somebody's political career. We should not try to use CBFC. It should be respected as much as one respects their own organization" Joshi added.
Before the release itself, Mersal had locked horns with the Tamil Nadu flank of BJP. They were demanding the removal of certain dialogues which took a dig at the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Digital India.Joshi also denied that the CBFC asked for certain changes in the Telugu version of Mersal. "All I would say is that we are sensitive to the filmmakers. I come from the film fraternity, and I know the pain of making films and how much effort goes into making it. But on the other hand, we need to also understand that there are people in the certification process who are working hard. Not being appreciative of that and not being cognizant of their time, is also not fair. I think I was a little surprised at it."