The much-awaited Sunday television premiere of The Dirty Picture — which has an adult certification — has been stalled, one of the lead actors Tusshar Kapoor said on a social networking site.
The film, which is reportedly based on the life of late southern actress Silk Smitha and fetched actress Vidya Balan her first National Award, was to be shown at noon and at 8 pm Sunday on Sony TV. However, it is not being shown on Sunday, according to Tusshar.
"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 in spite of being acclaimed for it's entertaining realism & having won 3 National Awards the regulatory forces have stalled the show," Tusshar posted.
The film, which is replete with bold scenes, had undergone 56 cuts to enable it to be telecast on Indian television. It was given a UA certification for being shown on TV.
Bollywood tweeted to show support and sympathy. “Has the telecast of The Dirty Picture actually been stopped?!! I'll believe it when I don't see it,” posted Farhan Akhtar using 'shame' as the hashtag. Adman Suhel Seth wrote: “The telecast of The Dirty Picture has been stopped only so that the country doesn't get spoilt by beauty! Keep watching MLAs...”
Model-turned-actor Poonam, Pandey, who shot to fame wanting to strip for the Indian team if they won the World Cup, wrote: “I&B Ministry blocks the telecast of The Dirty Picture on TV. Kyunki cleavage sanvidhaan ke khilaaf hai. What abt hot bahus on small screen!”
Sony ran a ticker saying: "For unavoidable reasons we regret to inform that the film 'The Dirty Picture' will not be telecast today. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted'.
Director Karan Johar too, vented his anger at the decision. “A national award winning film cannot have a national telecast??? this is not an irony but plain and simple hypocrisy!!!!” he tweeted.
(Written with agency reports)