The Supreme Court on Friday will hear a plea against airing adult comedy Grand Masti starring Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani on TV.
A bench compising Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice UU Lalit allowed urgent hearing when the lawyer representing Edara Gopi Chand said the plea would be infructuous if the film, having adult contents, is shown on television channels.
The appeal, filed by lawyer D Bharat Kumar, alleged that the Delhi high court is not justified in “vacating the stay on the television telecast of the film” without discussing the “arguments advanced” and documentary evidence. “The proposed telecast of film Grand Masti on television squarely violates the Programme Code enshrined under the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, 1995 and the Rules made thereunder. And given the film’s pervasive adult sexual content, the proposed universal telecast on television will have adverse impact on the impressionable minds of children and adolescents,” the plea alleged.
The high court, on October 20, 2015, had disposed of the plea filed against the proposed TV premier of Grand Masti after it was informed that the film has underwent 218 cuts to make it fit for TV viewing. The court was also told that the film has already been shown thrice on TV.
During the hearing of the media group’s application, the Central government and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had filed an affidavit saying the movie was re-certified as U/A in January. The new certification happened after the film underwent 218 cuts which reduced the 135 minute-long theatrical version of the film to 98 minutes.
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Directed by Indra Kumar and produced by Ashok Thakeria, Grand Masti hit theatres in 2013 with an A certificate and was a huge hit at the box offfice. The film was later re-certified after 218 cuts.
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