Bollywood celebrities on Sunday were quick to react to the fresh controversy that emerged after a private television channel was stopped from telecasting Vidya Balan's THE DIRTY PICTURE by the Information and Broadcast (I&B) Ministry. Sony TV was all set to telecast the film at 12 noon and 8 pm on Sunday while the I&B Ministry directed them to telecast the film after 11 pm.
Sneha Rajani, Senior Executive Vice President & Business Head, Sony Entertainment Television, tweeted a dialogue from the film, "Logon ka naam unke kaam se hota hai.. Lekin mera naam badnaam ho kar hua.."
Filmmaker turned actor Farhan Akhtar tweeted, "Has the telecast of THE DIRTY PICTURE actually been stopped?!! I'll believe it when I don't see it. #shame."
Director Karan Johar remarked, "A national award-winning film cannot have a national telecast??? this is not an irony but plain and simple hypocrisy!!!! #dirtypicture.If the censorship is not a final authority then what is??? Complicated and blurred lines defeat the core of democracy!!!! #dirtypicture."
Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures, tweeted, "The Dirty Picture trending. That's the point abt its popularity. The most discussed & celebrated National Award-winner is not allowed 2telecast."
Reacting to the entire episode, Tusshar Kapoor tweeted, "Really unfortunate that after all the necessary cuts and a valid UA certificate, The Dirty Picture could not be telecast today on sony tv."
"Sad that in spite of being acclaimed for its entertaining realism & having won 3 National Awards the regulatory forces have stalled the show," he further posted.
A lawyer had filed a plea with the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court asking to impose a ban on the telecast of the film on Sony on the grounds that it contained obscene shots. The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court had cleared the film after 58 cuts.
Viewers saw a small message streaming on the channel on Sunday that read: "For unavoidable reasons, we regret to inform you that the film 'The Dirty Picture' will not be telecast today. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted."