Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Bollywood outrage at 'The Dirty Picture' TV ban

 
Bollywood has reacted with widespread indignation after Milan Luthra’s ‘The Dirty Picture’ was banned from prime-time TV by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; the same government body which bestowed the film with a prestigious National Award.
The film had been scheduled for broadcast on Sony TV at noon  on Sunday but the ministry reportedly instructed the broadcaster to show the film after the 11pm watershed.
Filmmaker Karan Johar took to his Twitter account to declare: “A national award-winning film cannot have a national telecast???  This is…simple hypocrisy.”  Johar added, “If the censorship is not a final authority then what is??? Complicated and blurred lines defeat the core of democracy!!!! #dirtypicture.”
Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures, the studio behind the film, tweeted, “The Dirty Picture trending.  That’s the point abt its popularity.  The most discussed & celebrated National Award-winner is nt allowed 2telecast.”
Tusshar Kapoor – who appeared in the film – tweeted, “Really unfortunate that after all the necessary cuts and a valid UA certificate, The Dirty Picture could not be telecast on Sony TV.”
The film’s director Luthra had earlier told reporters, “I am shocked and disappointed that this decision was taken at the last moment.”
The low budget film – based on the life of south Indian actress Silk Smitha – was a Bollywood anomaly; not only garnering widespread critical acclaim but winning over audiences to become one of the most commercially successful Bollywood films of recent years.
Actress Vidya Balan – who played the lead role – also won a national award for her performance as the beautiful and doomed siren.
According to reports from India, the film had undergone a total of 59 cuts but still failed to achieve a U/A (Parental Guidance) rating for broadcast during prime time.  The ban was imposed at the last minute, forcing Sony to run a ticker on the channel apologizing to fans.
TV censorship is not uncommon in the country.
Hollywood movies are subjected to heavy cuts often leaving the final product fragmented, incoherent and unrecognizable.
- Poonam Joshi

Bollywood outrage at 'The Dirty Picture' TV ban

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