Ekta Kapoor behind Pahlaj Nihalani exit from CBFC? It is not confidential that the film industry was wary of former Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani’s draconian measures. So when he was sacked from his position on Friday, it came as welcome news to so many of us. If a report in Deccan Chronicle is to be believed, these people have Ekta Kapoor to thank. A source claimed, “For a very long time, Ekta had been grumbling against Nihalani’s high-handedness. As luck would have it, Ekta’s old buddy Smriti Irani was appointed the Minister of Information & Broadcasting around the same time when Lipstick Under My Burkha was taken by her for marketing and distribution. When the film was severely attacked by the CBFC, Ekta expressed her displeasure to the new I&B Minister.”If you haven’t been living under a rock, you would know that before Smriti’s political career, she was a television actress. She tasted success with Ekta Kapoor’s daily soap, Kyunki.. Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, which successfully ran for over eight long years.Smriti and Ekta have remained great friends even after the show and frequently feature on each other’s social media posts. So when Ekta complained, Smriti did everything in her power to ensure Pahlaj Nihalani’s exit.
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