The other two members appointed are Susmita Das and artiste Dr T Anil Kumar, that takes the total number of CBFC members to 23, aside from CBFC chairman Pahalaj Nihalani.

TS Nagabharana and Gangai Amaran

The Information and Broadcasting ministry has appointed four new members to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) including Kannada filmmaker TS Nagabharana –one of the pioneers of parallel cinema, andTamil film music director and lyricist Gangai Amaran. Considered close to the BJP, Nagabharana had earlier campaigned for the saffron party in Karnataka, while Amaran, who is music legend Ilayaraja’s brother and a popular music composer himself, had formally joined party last December. The other two members appointed are Susmita Das and artiste Dr T Anil Kumar, that takes the total number of CBFC members to 23, aside from CBFC chairman Pahalaj Nihalani.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The appointments come at a time when several filmmakers, writers, historians and scientists have joined the bandwagon of intellectuals giving back their awards as a mark of protest to intolerance in the country.Earlier this year, noted Bharatanatyam dancer and former CBFC chief Leela Samson had quit from the post, alleging the BJP-led Centre’s interference in the functioning of the statutory body. Her resignation had come in the wake of the ‘├žontroversial’ film MSG getting a green signal from the censor board, following which 10 other board members of CBFC had put in their papers. On similar lines, the ministry had been facing stiff resistance from students of FTII for over four months on making ‘contentious’ appointments to crucial positions of the premier institute, the most prominent one being actor Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as the chairman of the governing council of the autonomous body for his apparent ‘old’ BJP links. As the students continue their protest, eminent filmmakers had shown solidarity with them by giving back their national awards On Wednesday. CBFC functions with 24 board members including the chairman, appointed for a three-year term. For the last many months, there were five vacancies for board members who are appointed by the Central government from a mix of different backgrounds, suggested by the states. With these four new appointments, just one position in the CBFC remains vacant. “By November, the terms of two more members are getting over, so there would be three vacancies.The Ministry will be taking a call on the appointments, selecting the members from the different suggestions they have received from the states,” an official informed.

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I&B ministry appoints four new censor board members, two with BJP links