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Prasoon Joshi will serve as the chief of the Central Board of Film Certification for a period of three years or until further orders, Information and Broadcasting Ministry said in a release, reported news agency PTI.
Vidya Balan, Vivek Agnihotri, Gautami Tadimalla, Narendra Kohli, Naresh Chandra Lal, Neil Herbert Nongkynrih, Waman Kendre, T S Nagabharana, Ramesh Patange, Vani Tripati Tikoo, Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Mihir Bhuta will be joining Prasoon Joshi on the Censor Board.
Pahlaj Nihalani's ouster as the chief of the Central Board of Film Certification is the result of a tenure marked by criticism. He was accused of autocratic conduct and of morally policing films. He courted controversies for a demand for multiple cuts in films like Lipstick Under My Burkha, Indu Sarkar and Babumoshai Bandookbaaz.
Prasoon Joshi is an Indian lyricist, screenwriter, poet and marketer. He began his Bollywood career as a lyricist in 2001 with Rajkumar Santoshi's Lajja. This followed with films like Hum Tum, Fanaa, Taare Zameen Par, Black, Delhi 6 and Neerja. He has also written dialogues for Rang De! Basanti and the script of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
Prasoon Joshi has received the National Award for Best Lyricist twice - for Maa (Taare Zameen Par in 2008 and for Bolo Na (Chittagong in 2013. He won NDTV Indian of the year Special Award for Lyrics in 2009.
Prasoon Joshi has written the lyrics for the anthem of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swacch Bharat campaign.
(With PTI inputs)