Rawal said the Information and Broadcasting is a “firebrand” for appointing lyricist Prasoon Joshi as chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and for yesterday naming actor Anupam Kher, chair of the Film and Television Training Institute of India.
“Much needed boost for the film industry,” is how Rawal described the appointments.
Congrats to firebrand @smritiirani for bringing in Prasoon Joshi n Anupam Kher. Much needed boost for the film industry.
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal)
Irani tweeted Rawal back with a ‘folded hands’ emoji.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani)
Kher replaced Gajendra Chauhan, whose selection in 2014 ran into rough weather almost immediately with students and illustrious alumni of the Pune-based institute attacking his poor track record in filmmaking and acting.
In addition to Rawal, ad man and filmmaker Pritish Nandy, director Prakash Jha and Madhur Bhandarkar were among those who welcomed Kher’s appointment.
Joshi, too, welcomed Kher in his new position.
Congratulations @AnupamPkher with your keen artistic eye and experience one can only see greater heights ahead.
— Prasoon Joshi (@prasoonjoshi_)
Joshi himself replaced another controversial figure, Pahlaj Nihalani, as chief of the CBFC, in August. The lyricist and advertising specialist had worked on BJP’s election campaign during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.