The Dirty Picture too dirty for prime time?
The film’s director, Milan Luthria, said the move followed a directive from the Information and Broadcast Ministry to the channel and production house Balaji Motion Pictures on Saturday evening that the film be telecast after 11 pm.
It stated the ministry had received complaints from viewers who felt the film has objectionable content.
“We spent two months to prepare a version fit to telecast on television. We worked closely with the Censor Board for both film and television. The film was re-edited with 59 cuts and content worth eight and a half minutes was taken out,” rued Luthria.
The re-edited version was certified U/A (to be viewed under parental guidance) by the Central Board of Film Certification and also cleared by the television body, International Broadcasting Federation (IBF).
“The Dirty Picture won three National Awards and the ceremony is in a week’s time. Is it not ironical that the film is not being allowed to air on television?” quipped Balaji Motion Pictures CEO Tanuj Garg. “On one hand the government commends our work and on the other tells us that the film is not fit to be viewed by the country’s citizens?” Luthria added.
Good DecisionDeepak | 24-Apr-2012Reply | Forward This is the best decision taken by Government. If such movies are being shown on Indian Television, then where will the TV audience go. Its better to watch these types of movies in cinemas or on Computer / Laptop.
National award does not mean the film is to be screened for allVijeta Shukla | 23-Apr-2012Reply | Forward National award does not mean the film is to be screened for all. If the film has adult content, it cannot be shown on a regular TV slots. The government has done the right thing.
bold decisionmani | 23-Apr-2012Reply | Forward Dirty picture should never be screened at all. It is not worth viewing. With summer holidays and children around, finally the government has come to the rescue of the hapless middle class for the first time