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Pahlaj Nihalani appointed new Censor board chairperson

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MUMBAI: After last week’s fiasco, which saw Censor Board chief Leela Samson and nine members quitting over clearance been given to the controversial movie ‘MSG:Messenger of God’, the body has got a new chairperson in filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani.

According to the government release, "In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 (37 of 1952) read with rule 3 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983, the Central Government is pleased to appoint Shri Pahlaj Nihalani as Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification in an honorary capacity from 19th January, 2015 for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier."

The statement added, "Further, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 3 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 (37 of 1952) read with rule 3 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983, the Central Government is pleased to appoint the following persons as members of the Central Board of Film Certification with immediate effect for a period of three years and until further orders.”

Nine other members have also been appointed.

The new members are: Mihir Bhuta, Syed Abdul Bari, Ramesh Patange, George Baker, Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, Jeevitha, Vani Tripathi Tikoo, S Ve Shekhar and Ashoke Pandit.

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