The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is a statutory censorship and classification body, which comes under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. In India, a film can only be certified for public exhibition only after CBFC’s nod. There are total seven types of certificates U - Universal, UA - Parental Guidance, A - Adult, S - Specialist and V/U, V/UA & V/A for the parts of video released from the film with specific certificate. CBFC has remained in controversies not only for distributing certificates to the films but also for the kind of censorship it imposes on films’ scenes or dialogues. Here’s a list of five chairpersons of CBFC that remained in news for one or another reason.
Pahlaj Nihalani, probably the most controversial chairperson till date, was appointed as the CBFC’s head on January 21, 2015. In his short tenure, he was surrounded by many controversies. Most of the filmmakers in the industry were miffed with him for his dictatorial attitude and moral policing while clearing movies from CBFC. It is expected that renowned lyricist Prasoon Joshi may take charge as the new chief of the board.