Shaji N Karun debuted in films through Piravi in 1988 and has directed several National award winning films so far. He was the Premiere Chairman of the Kerala State Chalanchitra Academy. He was also the Executive Chairman of International Film Festival of Kerala from 1998 to 2001. The membership of CBFC is the latest honour to the Nationally-acclaimed director.
Noted Bharatanatyam dancer Leela Samson has been appointed as the Chairperson of the CBFC. Along with Shaji N Karun, theatre artists like Amal Allana, Arundhati Nag, MK Raina, scriptwriter Anjum Rajabali, poetess Mamang Dai, author Dipesh Mehta and Ira Bhaskar have also made it to the panel.