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Petition alleging obscenity in film songs filed

MUMBAI: A public interest litigation (PIL) seeking the deletion of popular songs ‘Munni Badnaam Hui‘ from Dabangg and ‘Shiela ki Jawani‘ from Tees Maar Khan has been filed before the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court alleging obscenity in the respective films. 


The petition, filed by Nutan Thakur, wife of an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, seeks action against producer Arbaz Khan, co-producers Malaika Arora Khan and Dhillin Mehta and director Abhinav Kashyap who are associated with Dabangg. The plea is also for action to be taken against producers Twinkle Khanna, Ronnie Screwvala and director Farah Khan of Tees Maar Khan for violating various provisions of the Indian Cinematography Act of 1952.


The petition said both the films have "several indecent, immoral and vulgar songs, dialogues and visual representations in total violation of sections 3(1), 4, 5(A), 5(C) and 5(E) of the Cinematography Act 1952".


Thakur urged the Court to ask the Censor Board and the Ministry of information and broadcasting to issue directives to the respective filmmakers and TV channels, audio and video cassette companies etc. not to broadcast promos and songs of the films.


The matter would come up for hearing on 3 January.
 

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