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04-24-2012, 04:37 PM #1
Vidya Balan fumes over non-telecast of 'The Dirty Picture'
The film that made Vidya Balan won her first national award has come under the fury of I & B ministry. ‘The Dirty Picture’ that had to be telecast on television on April 22 was never seen making it to the small tube, since the government issued a notice to the channel to refrain from the telecast of the film.
And, the decision has not gone down well amongst many fans and filmmakers. Recently the leading lady of The Dirty Picture Vidya Balan lashes out at government for non-telecast of her award winning film. Speaking to a daily, Vidya Balan, opposed the I &B ministry’s decision to stall the screening of the film on primetime television.
"It defies logic when the same government body that has honoured a film with three National Awards is now calling for the film not to be broadcast on national television! What is even more astounding is that the censor board, which has cleared the film for television broadcast, is under the aegis of the very same government body! I do hope that better sense prevails and that the film industry is not once again used as a convenient high-profile punching bag for anyone looking to establish their moral credentials,” said the national award winning actress.
The film went through 59 cuts and the makers of the TDP were still keen on airing it on television. But two PILs filed in Lucknow and Nagpur acted as the nail in the coffin. Eventually the film was aired at 11 pm.
The film industry came out in full support of ‘TDP’ team and condemned the ban. Karan Johar spoke out against double standards, Mahesh Bhatt criticised the move and even music composer and singer Bappi Lahiri seemed to be upset. "Children today watch everything and it`s the parents who want to live in denial. I don`t find any justification behind not screening ‘TDP’ after it went through 59 cuts. I understand that Indian culture needs to be respected but the film did not have too many offensive scenes. It had some dialogues that were adult in content," said Lahiri.
Ironically, the film when released had been lauded for its bold content by all and sundry and Vidya Balan even got a government nod in form a Best Actress National Award.
04-25-2012, 03:00 PM #2