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Announcing this at a press conference, the Union Minister of State for I&B, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said Mr. Kher had been selected because of his varied experience; having worked in "off-beat, commercial and crossover films besides theatre".
Mr. Kher was chosen for the job after the Minister's first preference, Dev Anand, turned down the offer owing to his preoccupation with an ongoing production. Mr. Kher has accepted the charge and will hold office for three years.
The office had fallen vacant in July last year after the incumbent, Vijay Anand, resigned in protest against the manner in which the Ministry went public with an official communication instructing CBFC not to consider a recommendation for legalising the exhibition of soft pornographic films.
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