Pahlaj Nihalani appointed new Censor Board chairperson


New Delhi: Four days after Leela Samson quit, film producer Pahlaj Nihalani, younger brother of filmmaker Govind Nihalani, was Monday appointed the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), along with nine new members.
Nihalani has produced films like “Shola Aur Shabnam” and “Andaz” in the past, and is a former president of the Association of Motion Picture and Television Programme Producers.

“The Central Government is pleased to appoint Pahlaj Nihalani as Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification in an honorary capacity from Jan 19, 2015 for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier,” read a statement from the ministry of information and broadcasting.

The nine members appointed with immediate effect include Mihir Bhuta, Syed Abdul Bari, Ramesh Patange, George Baker, Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, Jeevitha, Vani Tripathi Tikoo, S. Ve Shekhar and Ashoke Pandit.

The decision comes just days after Samson resigned as CBFC chairperson, citing interference, coercion and corruption of panel members.