Former Chairman of the General Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and film producer Pahlaj Nihalani were reportedly admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai for the past 28 days and discharged on Saturday from The Times of India.
The whole affair was kept private, Nihalani told the publication that only veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha visited him to ask about his well-being. “Shatruk visited me at the hospital recently,” Nihalani said, “because we kept it largely private.”
Nihalani also revealed how his test began. He said: “Suddenly, around 3pm, I felt a little uneasy and shed a lot of blood. I was advised to be hospitalized. It was a case of chronic food poisoning, but it was an emergency, and I was initially in the ICU for about 5-6 days. ”
He added: “I thought about getting out of the ICU and going home in 2/3 days. But the temperature didn’t go down for a long time, I had a very bad fever and stomach pain especially in the evening, the diagnosis went on and that became a concern.”
Nihalani was the leader of the CBFC from 2015 to 2017. Hers the mandate became controversial for what many have said were impulsive and indistinguishable summaries of the intimate and violent scenes of cinema. Shortening the kissing scenes in the James Bond movie Specter managed to provoke anger and ridicule on social media.
It put various limits on Shahid Kapoor’s Udta Punjab protagonist, a film about drug abuse among young Punjabi. He allegedly suggested 89 cuts to those in charge. The CBFC lost the Bombay High Court case and was allowed to release the film with a single cut.
In 2017, the union government replaced Nihalani with Prasoon Joshi lyricist as head of the CBFC.
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