Pahlaj Nihalani: News

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.

29 Aug 2022


Kartik Aaryan shoots down tobacco endorsement deal worth Rs. 9cr

Bollywood's "Shehzada" Kartik Aaryan is winning hearts after he reportedly decided to turn down a tobacco endorsement deal that would have brought in the moolah.

02 Feb 2021


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

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

29 Mar 2019

Kangana Ranaut

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.

11 Feb 2019


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.

14 Jan 2019

Kapil Sharma

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

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

11 Nov 2018


#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.

05 Nov 2018

Bombay High Court

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.

29 May 2018

Vijay Mallya

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.

30 Nov 2017

Ranveer Singh

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.

24 Nov 2017


Weekend watch: Julie 2 or Kadvi Hawa?

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

24 Nov 2017

Karan Johar

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.

20 Nov 2017


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).

13 Oct 2017

Arvind Kejriwal

'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!

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!

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.

12 Aug 2017


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

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

03 Aug 2017


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.

16 Jul 2017


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.

06 Jul 2017


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.