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Hilton pop video hits India hitch
Paris Hilton album cover
The album has not been well-received by the critics
Millions of cable TV viewers in India have been prevented from seeing a music video by socialite Paris Hilton.

The video has been classified as "A" or "adult viewing" by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), popularly known as the Censor Board.

On Wednesday a court banned TV companies from any kind of "A"-rated broadcasts.

The video of Love is Blind shows Ms Hilton gyrating on a beach while a photographer takes pictures.

No nudity

EMI Music India, which is launching and distributing Ms Hilton's debut album in India for Warner Bros Records, says it will not now release the video on television at all.

Paris Hilton, London Fashion Week
Paris Hilton has a successful modelling career

A spokesman for the company told the BBC website they had "modified" the video before sending it to the board.

"We cut a few portions before sending it for viewing by the board members," he said, "but they still felt it had a sexual connotation and gave it an 'A' rating."

In India, an "A" classification can be issued even when there is little or no nudity and violence, says the BBC's Monica Chadha in Mumbai.

The regional officer of CBFC, Vinayak Azad, said that the film would have been rated according to the rules.

"As per our norms, any film or video with intimate scenes, suggestive dance movements or lyrics with a sexual connotation is given an 'A' certificate," he said.

Ms Hilton has said she is pleased with her debut album, "Paris", even though it has received a panning by the critics.

"I, like, cry, when I listen to it, it's so good," she told US magazine Blender.

But one critic wrote: "She sounds both distracted and bored stiff, as if making an album is keeping her from the more serious business of standing around a nightclub in a pair of really enormous sunglasses."

Another said: "Most of this sounds phoned in from the back of her limo. Make that whispered in; Hilton spends the bulk of the 40-minute album breathily, girlishly billing and cooing in thin, airy tones."

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