In a massive development on Friday, Prasoon Joshi, a lyricist, screenwriter, poet, and marketer, was appointed as the new chief of Central Board of Film Certification. Prasoon replaced the controversial Sanskari Chief Pahlaj Nihalani.
Here are 7 points on the new CBFC Chief:
- Prasoon Joshi published his first book at the age of 17. The book titled ‘Main Aur Woh, a 'conversation with himself'’ is said to be inspired by Frederich Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra. After publishing his first book, he moved on to two more which formed the base of his career as an author.
- He kickstarted his career with Ogilvy & Mather in Delhi and went on to work there for 10 years before he joined McCann-Erickson in 2002.
- He made his debut in Bollywood as film lyricist with Rajkumar Santoshi's Lajja. He then moved on to Yash Chopra's Hum Tum, Fanaa, Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par and Delhi 6.
- Prasoon Joshi was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2015, for his contributions towards the field of Arts, Literature, and Advertising.
- He won the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for "Chand Sifarish" from Fanaa in 2007 and for "Maa" from Taare Zameen Par a year later.
- With Aamir Khan starrer Rang De Basanti, he became a dialogue writer. He has also written the script for Farhan Akhtar's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
- In 2006, he was selected a 'Young Global Leader 2006'. Furthermore, in 2009, he was named amongst the 10-member Cannes Titanium & Integrated Jury 2009.