As hard as it might be, you will have to digest the fact that the first film considered for certification under the leadership of Prasoon Joshi has just been banned by CBFC, as per a report by DNA. While most directors were celebrating the exit of Pahlaj Nihalani and hoping that there might be a change in the approach of CBFC, which has been criticised for its ‘Sanskari’ approach in last few years, the current order seems to point otherwise.
As per the report, the film which has been banned by CBFC is a Punjabi film, Toofan Singh, that has been directed by Baghal Singh. The film stars Ranjit Bawa in the lead role and shows him playing a character who fights corruption in the Indian bureaucracy and politics. However, the movie has failed to see the green light and has been refused certification on the grounds of excessive violence.
Even though there is no official explanation from CBFC, a source told DNA that it has been banned because the film is brutal and anarchic. “Toofan Singh is a terrorist, who goes on a rampage killing corrupt cops and politicians. And they’ve compared him to Bhagat Singh. The film is brutal and anarchic. We couldn’t empathise with its message of brute power, let alone grant it a censor certificate,” this source was quoted saying in the report. The interesting part here is that Toofan Singh has already been released in the overseas markets.
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After being named the new chairman of CBFC, Joshi had said that he will look to do the best in this role. “Good intent is the best beginning. Bearing responsibility and doing my best has been my endeavour. I have believed that right and responsibilities are better served with constructive contribution,” Joshi had told PTI after his appointment. “One hopes to make a positive difference with the guidance and support of respected minds,” he had added.
The 45-year-old award winning lyricist was appointed as chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for a period of three years or until further orders, the information and broadcasting ministry said in a release.