New Delhi: In trouble for the television broadcast of Vidya Balan-starrer 'The Dirty Picture', the Information and Broadcast Ministry has told Sony TV that it can air the film only after prime time, that's post 11 pm. Sony was scheduled to telecast the film at noon and 8 pm on Sunday. This after the High Court had cleared the film after 58 cuts and issued it a U/A certificate.
The film, which is reportedly based on the story of late southern actress Silk Smitha and fetched actress Vidya Balan her first National Award, was to be shown at 12 noon and at 8 pm on Sunday on Sony TV. However, it is not being shown Sunday, according to Tusshar Kapoor, one of the actors in the film.
The ministry in a letter to Sony TV on April 21, said that the channel should refrain from telecasting the 'UA' certified film ‘The Dirty Picture’ during the day and evening hours on Sunday.
However, if Sony TV considers telecasting the 'UA' certified film, they should telecast it during late night hours after 11PM, according to official sources.
CBFC had advised that the film should be shown late at night when most parents are available to suitably guide their children, said the sources.
Sony ran a ticker saying: "For unavoidable reasons we regret to inform that the film 'The Dirty Picture' will not be telecast on Sunday. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted'.
The film also features Naseeruddin Shah and Emraan Hashmi.
"Really unfortunate that after all the necessary cuts and a valid UA certificate, The Dirty Picture could not be telecast today on Sony TV," Tusshar tweeted. "In light of recent events that exposed the dark side of Bollywood, 'The Dirty Picture' was well timed as it depicts a similar harsh reality!
"Sad that inspite of being acclaimed for it's entertaining realism & having won 3 National Awards the regulatory forces have stalled the show," Tusshar posted.
On April 19, a lawyer had filed a plea with the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court seeking a restriction order on a TV channel from airing the movie.
The court issued notices to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the Central Board of Film Certification to file a reply by April 20.
The court on Saturday allowed Sony and others to go ahead with the scheduled telecast after the respondents informed the court that the Central Board of Film Certification had cleared the film after 56 cuts, 36 of which were cut by the film producer himself and 22 others as suggested by the Board.
A Division Bench of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Ashok Bhangale denied any interim relief to the city lawyer who had filed the petition seeking a ban on the ground that there were obscene shots in the film.
(With additional information from agencies)