Articles about Pahlaj Nihalani

The former chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Pahlaj Nihalani, is a film producer in Indian cinema. He started his career as a producer in the industry with the film 'Haathkadi' in 1982, followed by 'Aandhi Toofan' in 1985. His third movie 'Ilzaam' also marked the debut of Bollywood actor Govinda in Hindi cinema. Over the next decade, he produced many movies, which marked the debut for several popular actors. Some of the hits produced by Nihalani in the 1990s include 'Shola Aur Shabnam' and 'Aankhen'. In 2008 and 2012, he made acting and directorial debuts, respectively. In 2015, Nihalani became the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification. He changed many rules and guidelines of censorship in his tenure. In 2017, however, he was sacked from CBFC allegedly due to his erratic public persona. But he claimed that he was removed by the government since he did not allow the release of 'Indu Sarkar', a film on India's emergency period during 1975-77.

Shatrughan Sinha 'unhappy' with film industry being ignored in Budget

02 Feb 2021

Entertainment
Shatrughan Sinha 'unhappy' with film industry being ignored in Budget

Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha is not pleased with the 2021 Union Budget, announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Ex-CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani opens up about his controversial tenure

06 Jan 2021

Entertainment
Ex-CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani opens up about his controversial tenure

The former chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and movie producer Pahlaj Nihalani had received heavy criticism during his tenure.

Was offered a role in 'Avatar,' but I rejected: Govinda

30 Jul 2019

Entertainment
Was offered a role in 'Avatar,' but I rejected: Govinda

Has Govinda become delusional or is he trying to steal the limelight?

Kangana Ranaut calls Pahlaj Nihalani's project "soft porn", gets slammed

29 Mar 2019

Entertainment
Kangana Ranaut calls Pahlaj Nihalani's project "soft porn", gets slammed

Kangana Ranaut, who is controversy's favorite child, recently sparked fresh row after she made serious allegations against former CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani.

Actor Mahesh Anand didn't commit suicide, says autopsy report

11 Feb 2019

Entertainment
Actor Mahesh Anand didn't commit suicide, says autopsy report

Mahesh Anand, who was a popular villain in Bollywood movies in the 80s and 90s, was found dead in his Versova flat on Saturday.

Bollywood's popular villain Mahesh Anand passes away at 57

09 Feb 2019

Entertainment
Bollywood's popular villain Mahesh Anand passes away at 57

Bollywood actor Mahesh Anand, who was known for playing negative roles in the movies of 80s and 90s breathed his last today. He was 57.

Shatrughan Sinha shares a funny incident on Kapil Sharma's show

14 Jan 2019

Entertainment
Shatrughan Sinha shares a funny incident on Kapil Sharma's show

Kapil Sharma is back with The Kapil Sharma Show, and how.

#RangeelaRaja controversy: Some people are conspiring against me, claims Govinda

11 Nov 2018

Entertainment
#RangeelaRaja controversy: Some people are conspiring against me, claims Govinda

After the box office failure of his last release 'FryDay', Govinda is back with another movie 'Rangeela Raja' and he has high hopes from it.

Nihalani, famous for chopping scenes, approaches HC against Censor Board

05 Nov 2018

Entertainment
Nihalani, famous for chopping scenes, approaches HC against Censor Board

There was a time when former Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani was known to be at loggerheads with filmmakers for chopping scenes.

Govinda to play Vijay Mallya in Pahlaj Nihalani's next movie

29 May 2018

Entertainment
Govinda to play Vijay Mallya in Pahlaj Nihalani's next movie

Pahlaj Nihalani, the former head of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), is all set to make a film on the life of absconding businessman Vijay Mallya.

'SOTY 2': Chunky Panday defends daughter Ananya in nepotism debate

14 May 2018

Entertainment
'SOTY 2': Chunky Panday defends daughter Ananya in nepotism debate

The nepotism debate resurfaced after Ananya Panday was announced as one of the lead actresses of 'Student Of The Year 2'.

After Julie's failure, Pahlaj Nihalani wants to cast Ranbir, Ranveer

30 Nov 2017

Entertainment
After Julie's failure, Pahlaj Nihalani wants to cast Ranbir, Ranveer

Ex-CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani, whose first film after resigning from the prestigious position 'Julie 2' bombed at the box office is now keen to direct Bollywood biggies like Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in his films.

Weekend watch: Julie 2 or Kadvi Hawa?

24 Nov 2017

Entertainment
Weekend watch: Julie 2 or Kadvi Hawa?

This week two Bollywood films 'Julie 2' and 'Kadvi Hawa' have made their way to the theatres.

5 Bollywood movies marred by controversies before their release

24 Nov 2017

Entertainment
5 Bollywood movies marred by controversies before their release

It would be absolutely justified to say that Bollywood thrives on controversies. There are controversies around everything - be it actors, their clothes, their religion or even a dialogue can spark off a controversy.

Here's all you need to know about the Censor Board

20 Nov 2017

Entertainment
Here's all you need to know about the Censor Board

The on-going row over the delayed release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama 'Padmavati' has once again brought to focus the power of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

5 Bollywood movies marred by controversies before their release

18 Nov 2017

Entertainment
5 Bollywood movies marred by controversies before their release

It would be absolutely justified to say that Bollywood thrives on controversies. There are controversies around everything - be it actors, their clothes, their religion or even a dialogue can spark off a controversy.

'An Insignificant Man', documentary on Kejriwal, releases on Nov 17

13 Oct 2017

Entertainment
'An Insignificant Man', documentary on Kejriwal, releases on Nov 17

'An Insignificant Man', a documentary on AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, will hit theatres on November 17.

Pahlaj Nihalani's 'Julie 2' cleared without cuts!

12 Sep 2017

Entertainment
Pahlaj Nihalani's 'Julie 2' cleared without cuts!

The Censor Board's verdict on Pahlaj Nihalani's 'Julie 2' is out. Surprisingly, sources say it has been cleared without any cut!

'Sanskari' Pahlaj Nihalani presents adult movie 'Julie 2'. What!

04 Sep 2017

Entertainment
'Sanskari' Pahlaj Nihalani presents adult movie 'Julie 2'. What!

You read that right. The former Censor Board chief who stayed in news only for his extreme standards of "sanskar" is now shedding the image he portrayed for 2.5 years.

Report: First film under Prasoon Joshi denied certificate

23 Aug 2017

Entertainment
Report: First film under Prasoon Joshi denied certificate

Only days after taking over as the Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Prasoon Joshi banned the first film that came for certification under his leadership.

CBFC head Prasoon Joshi and his long relations with BJP

12 Aug 2017

India
CBFC head Prasoon Joshi and his long relations with BJP

The Indian film industry seems to be quite relieved with adman-writer-lyricist-poet Prasoon Joshi replacing Pahlaj Nihalani as the Chairman of Central Bureau of Film Certification.

Pahlaj Nihalani sacked as CBFC Chief, Prasoon Joshi replaces him

11 Aug 2017

Entertainment
Pahlaj Nihalani sacked as CBFC Chief, Prasoon Joshi replaces him

Pahlaj Nihalani has been sacked from his post as the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification.

CBFC can now shame women for their dressing style too!

03 Aug 2017

Entertainment
CBFC can now shame women for their dressing style too!

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has been embroiled in controversies over censor-cuts and certifications in recent times, especially after Pahlaj Nihalani was appointed its Director in 2015.

Web series, risqué stories of India's growing millennial generation

16 Jul 2017

Entertainment
Web series, risqué stories of India's growing millennial generation

India is currently witnessing a new breed of content makers, who are pushing its erstwhile comfort zone.

Cleared 'Mastizaade', but not 'intercourse': The whimsical Indian Censor Board

06 Jul 2017

Entertainment
Cleared 'Mastizaade', but not 'intercourse': The whimsical Indian Censor Board

With its whimsical and erratic decisions, the Indian Censor Board has become a bit of a joke.

FCAT directs 'A' certificate for 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'

26 Apr 2017

Entertainment
FCAT directs 'A' certificate for 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'

The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal has directed the Central Board of Film Certification to issue an 'A' (Adult) certificate to 'Lipstick Under My Burkha', which has till now been denied certification.

Controversial 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' heads to Golden Globes

10 Apr 2017

Entertainment
Controversial 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' heads to Golden Globes

Despite a snub by the CBFC, 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' will now be an official entry in the next Golden Globes, likely to be held in January 2018.

Netflix, Prime open up avenues for Bollywood production houses

25 Feb 2017

Entertainment
Netflix, Prime open up avenues for Bollywood production houses

Online on-demand entertainment platforms are opening up new revenue streams for a wide variety of media content.

Censor Board refuses certification to Prakash Jha's film

23 Feb 2017

Entertainment
Censor Board refuses certification to Prakash Jha's film

'Lipstick under my Burkha', a Prakash Jha production has been denied a certification by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

Tamil Nadu under the watchful eye of Jayalalithaa's 'photograph'

26 Oct 2016

Politics
Tamil Nadu under the watchful eye of Jayalalithaa's 'photograph'

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has been away from public eye and under close medical supervision while recovering from a serious lung infection.