Delhi: Ekta Kapoor has had a victory of sorts when the Information
and Broadcasting Ministry cleared her film 'The Dirty Picture'
for primetime telecast on Sony TV - but not without paying
a price in terms having to accept 15 cuts.
Dirty Picture" which was to air in April will finally
premiere on television on 26 August at 12.00 pm in the afternoon
and 8.30 pm the same night.
in April, the Ministry had under the Cable Television Networks
(Regulation) Act said that the film could only be shown after
11.00 pm since it contained some scenes not suitable for children,
although the producers sought to argue that U/A certificate
granted to the film meant that children can see the film if
accompanied by parents.
fact, the Government has also cleared Mukesh Bhatt's 'Jannat
2' for showing at prime time on television.
directive by the Ministry came after the Film Certification
Appellate Tribunal headed by renowned lawyer Lalit Bhasin
accepted the view of the producers in this regard.
the film industry feels that the cuts were not merited since
the film had a UA and not an Adults Only certificate. The
film already had had around 58 cuts before the Central Board
of Film Certification cleared it with a UA certificate.
is learnt that Vidya Balan and Naseeruddin Shah's love scene
has been trimmed.
are very elated that finally our National award-winning film
will make it to TV screens," said Balaji Motion Pictures
head of acquisition and distribution Girish Johar.
film, incidentally, won Vidya Balan her first National award
for best actress for her portrayal of a film actress who goes
through the process of rise and fall in life. It also features
Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi and Tusshar Kapoor.