After all the censorship, 56 cuts and editing out almost nine minutes of content 'The Dirty Picture' is still not good for television viewing.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in India have decided against the telecast of the movie on a popular channel on Sunday. Sony TV has been asked to scheduled a late night slot.
The ministry in a letter to Sony TV on April 21, said that the channel should refrain from telecasting the 'UA' certified film 'The Dirty Picture' during the day and evening hours on Sunday.
However, if Sony TV considers telecasting the 'UA' certified film; they should telecast it during late night hours after 11pm, according to India Today.
The channel flashed a disclaimer on Sunday expressing its disappointment for not telecasting the hit movie. The disclaimer read: ‘For unavoidable reasons we regret to inform the dirty picture will not be telecast today. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted.’
Following this, there is uproar amongst the film fraternity on social network Twitter.
Tusshar Kapoor: "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 inspite of being acclaimed for its entertaining realism & having won 3 National Awards the regulatory forces have stalled the show."
Emraan Hashmi: "Telecast ofa NationalAward winning film stopped on National TV despite U/A.& we r in a democracy.& we like different cinema #TheDirtyPicture."
Farhan Akhtar: "Has the telecast of The Dirty Picture actually been stopped?!! I'll believe it when I don't see it. #shame".
Karan Johar: "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."
Actress Neha Dhupia wrote: “The dirty picture telecast stopped? What's wrong with these babu's".
Renouned juornalist Pritish Nandy tweeted: "Shutdown of The Dirty Picture telecast shows there is a clear hiatus between what we want to see and what the Govt wants us to see."
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma vented out his anger on Twitter posting a series of tweets: "Stopping Dirty picture telecast is a classic example of the cat shutting its eyes nd pretending that no body is watching it".
"If the I&B ministry sits with the kids of today the kids will educate the ministers on what's dirty nd what's not," he wrote.
"Or like proved In the porn gate assembly case are only ministers allowed to watch sex scenes?"
"I think Ekta should rename Dirty picture as Clean picture nd release the same picture nd then without guilt all families can watch."