SC Gives Green Signal to Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan made headlines when he recently unveiled the first-look poster of his most anticipated film of the year, ‘PK’. The said poster created quite a stir thanks to the almost nude image of Aamir Khan, whose modesty was saved by a transistor.
The look elicited a roaring response from the Bollywoodlifers, and many B-Town celebs too applauded the actor for pulling off the look remarkably well. The first poster of ‘PK’ not only became viral on the web owing to Aamir Khan's nudity but also became a butt of jokes on the internet and faced many political and social criticisms. The poster featuring the actor failed to go down well with a certain segment of the audience.
Aamir Khan defended the poster saying that the poster is akin to 'key art', "This is not for publicity, not for us at least. In fact, this poster imbibes all the elements of the film,"said Aamir. Further citing the example of his earlier released film ‘Taare Zameen Par’, Aamir Khan added, "In the poster of ‘Taare Zameen Par’, the child (actor Darsheel Safary) is sitting in the front on the school bench and I am sitting behind him. So it is a kind of key art...the image that tells you much about the story and so is the poster of ‘PK’."
Some disliked the poster so much so that a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) had been filed against Aamir Khan and the director of the film Rajkumar Hirani, seeking a ban on the exhibition of the poster. The petitioner, All India Human Rights and Social Justice Front, sought a ban on the movie, saying it promoted nudity and vulgarity. Apart from Khan, the NGO named the film's director Rajkumar Hirani, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the central government and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry as parties in the case.
When the film's poster created a controversy, Khan issued a clarification that it was not made with an intention to garner cheap publicity. A case was earlier filed against Khan in a court in Lucknow on August 2. However, things turned out differently. SC’s reaction was much more shocking than the poster itself.
The Supreme Court found nothing offending in the poster featuring the Bollywood star nude except for a music system covering his private parts. "It is entertainment and fiction.”
“Let art remain art. We do not understand how public order is disturbed by it. If you don't like it, don't watch. Please show some tolerance. We cannot take away the public's right to watch a movie," said Chief Justice RM Lodha, who headed a three-judge bench that heard a PIL against the film.
Seems like the SC has finally accepted that the youngsters of today are smart enough to chose what is best for them!