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Nora Chopra is a senior journalist with a finger on the pulse of the Indian political scene

Samson is Sonia choice

Leela Samson was made the chairperson of the Censor Board because of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Samson, who succeeded Sharmila Tagore, emerged the winner only after the names of several film personalities were considered for the post. Actress Waheeda Rehman refused to accept the post, saying her age did not allow her to take on the responsibility. The Information and Broadcasting authorities rejected the names of Shabana Azmi, Amol Palekar and Gulzar because it perceived them to be "activists". The names of Nafisa Ali and Ramesh Sippy also came up for discussion. Ali was heard lobbying for the post with Congress leaders. Finally, it was Sonia Gandhi's choice Samson who prevailed.

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