HC allows TV premiere of ‘Grand Masti’

The Delhi High Court has finally granted permission for the television premiere of Bollywood movie ‘Grand Masti’ while cautioning TV channels to be "in strict compliance" with the requirement of the provisions of the Cinematograph Act. The court had on August 21 stayed the telecast of the film holding that it was not certified for unrestricted public exhibition.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath on October 20 vacated the stay, stating that the film should be exhibited in strict compliance with the requirement of the endorsement of a caution in terms of provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952.

The Bench vacated the stay on the plea of a media group seeking permission to air the film in one of its channels. The film has been made suitable for television viewing after as many as 218 cuts.

The court had in August stayed the telecast of the comedy film ruling that under the Cable Network Regulation Act, any movie with ‘U/A’ or ‘A’ certification, which were not suitable for unrestricted exhibition, cannot be shown on television.

The court’s decision followed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by one Edara Gopi Chand, through advocate Gaurav Bansal seeking quashing of the ‘U/A’ certification given to ‘Grand Masti’, stating that the film was replete with double meaning dialogues and highly objectionable content. Its telecast will adversely affect the rights and interest of hundreds of thousands of children and adolescents in the country, the appellant had added.

‘Grand Masti’ is the sequel of 2004 film ‘Masti’. The film features Reitesh Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani who reprise their roles from the original. The female cast of the film included Bruna Abdullah, Karishma Tanna, Sonalee Kulkarni, Kainaat Arora, Maryam Zakaria and Manjari Fadnis. The film released with an ‘A’ certificate.