In what could be a new blow to the already-shaky equation between the paparazzi and the entertainment world, Pahlaj Nihalani the chairperson of the Censor Board Of Film Certification(CBFC), has filed a police complaint against a reporter Himanshi Chaudhary from the new channel Mirror Now for harassment, intimidation and breach of privacy.
In the police complaint lodged on Friday at the Girgaum police station Nihalani accuses the reporter of “ continuously harassing me in my office building premise…exceeding all levels of courteous behavior…and bullying the security guards and office staff into letting her enter my office.”
The police complaint of which this writer has a copy also goes on to accuse the reporter of haranguing Nihalani repeatedly in the lift to his office and making news out of his refusal to speak to her.
This, according to Nihalani , amounts to a willful obstruction of government officer’s duties and not allowing him to do his job properly.
The Mirror Now reporter has been trying to track down Pahlaj Nihalani for some weeks now for his comments on the censorial activities with a camera recording his unwillingness to speak.
It remains to be seen how this police complaint impacts television journalism’s growing penchant for infiltrating celebrities’ private spaces.