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CBFC reconstituted, majority from film & theatre fraternity

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NEW DELHI: After bringing in the adman and lyricist Prasoon Joshi and showing filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani the door, the Central Board of Film Certification has been reconstituted -- with the entry of the actress Vidya Balan and the renowned filmmaker T S Nagabharana, among other.

The 12 members brought in include -- the filmmaker and Padma Shri recipient Naresh Chandra Lal from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, known for his film ‘Gandhi – the Mahatma’ -- which spread the message of clean environment and cleanliness, and the renowned director Vivek Agnihotri.

An official announcement said the Board was being reconstituted under section 3(1) of the Cinematograph Act 1952 read with rule 3 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules 1983.
The new members join with immediate effect for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Other members include the Tamil and Telugu actresses Gautami Tadimalla and Jeevitha Rajasekhar, the Bharatya Janata Party activist and actress Vani Tripati Tikoo, the theatre director Waman Kendre who headed the National School of Drama in Delhi, and the film and television dialogue writer Mihir Bhuta.

The renowned Shillong-based author and concert pianist Neil Herbert Nongkynrih, Padma Shri awardee and Hindi author Narendra Kohli, and the ideologue of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Ramesh Patange who edits the Marathi weekly ‘Vivek' have also been appointed to the Board.

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