‘Grand Masti’ not to premiere on TV yet

The Delhi High Court has stayed the television premiere of Bollywood film ‘Grand Masti’ holding that the film was not certified for unrestricted public exhibition and cannot be telecast.

The Court’s decision follows a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking quashing of Censor Board’s certification for the movie and a stay on its telecast. According to the petition filed by one Edara Gopi Chand through advocate Gaurav Bansal, the film was replete with double meaning dialogues and highly objectionable content.

A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath on Friday (Aug 21) ruled 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.

It also issued notices to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) seeking their replies by September 16 on the petition seeking quashing of the ‘U/A’ certification given to the movie.

In an interim order, the Court rejected the Government’s argument that since a warning that it was not suitable for children and minors is shown before such a movie starts, parents could change the channel. Every time a child watches TV, it might not be under parental supervision, the bench observed.

The Court has posted the matter till September 16.

The PIL was taken up for urgent hearing as the television premiere of ‘Grand Masti’ was set for Saturday, August 22. The movie which is a sequel to the 2004 film ‘Masti’ stars Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani and Vivek Oberoi and has been directed by Inder Kumar.