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PM Modi greets Mahatma Gandhi in a silhouette scene.YouTube screenshot

Pahlaj Nihalani, a BJP lackey who was given charge of the Central Board of Film Certification amidst protests, has been courting controversies ever since he took charge and has once again become an object of discourse on social media.

Twitterati have slammed his sycophantic 'tribute' to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The CBFC chief has come up with a song titled, "Mera desh hai Mahaan, Mera desh hai Jawaan" that is playing in theatres during film intervals. The video first appeared during the "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" shows last week.

The 6:42 minute video starts with schoolchildren calling out "Modi kakka" after they find the PM meditating in the Himalayas. Then come three representatives of three major religions (to go well with the Amar-Akbar-Anthony stereotype) syncing their lips to the lyrics.

But social media users have attacked makers of the video for its visual trickery. It took to "borrowing" visuals from cities across the world and presents them as 'Indian'.

Twitter user @sandygrains has put out screenshots from the video and pointed out that the visuals have nothing to do with India.

These visuals include NASA's Atlantis and Discovery space shuttles, International Space Station, Moscow International Business Centre, Tour de France and Dubai Expressway.

Nihalani had earlier drawn flak from other members of the Censor Board as well as Twitterati for censoring cuss words and banning "50 Shades of Grey." This led fellow board member Ashoke Pandit to refer to the former as "an archaic monarch."

Watch the video below:

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