"The discussion was about issues and ideas, and not about any individual," said Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, when asked if there was a proposal to replace Pahlaj Nihalani, the controversial chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), popularly called Censor Board.

The minister addressed the media after a two-hour meeting with the film fraternity. Rathore said, "The film industry has come up with wonderful suggestions and we intend to take it forward. The meeting was not about any individual."


He, however, refused to divulge details. Mukesh Bhatt, president of the Film and Television Producers Guild, said, "It was a fruitful discussion and it was nice of the minister to come down and give us the assurance.

We are creative people; we were feeling vulnerable, scared, restless and worried. He gave us the reassurance that we're on the same page. Both our aims are to take Indian cinema to a global level and that can only be done collectively and with the help of the government."


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