'The Dirty Picture' Sony TV premiere halted in India

The government in India has forced Sony Entertainment Television Asia to cancel its much promoted TV premiere of ‘The Dirty Picture’.

The Bollywood blockbuster starring Vidya Balan was scheduled to air at midday and20:00 todayon the channel in India.

The last minute decision by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry comes after the channel made around 60 cuts advised by the censor board for TV purpose.

The ministry said the film cannot air before 23:00 due to the adult content and innuendos.

Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures also commented on Twitter and said, Sorry to everyone who۪s been messaging and calling this morning. Been on the phone continuously. It۪s unfortunate that even after _a valid censor cert being in place, the telecast was held!The cuts made to TDP were done in a manner that would not offend the larger populace but completely retain the film۪s creative integrity!Despite the cuts and a CC, forces in Delhi decided to hold the telecast!The Dirty Picture trending.That۪s the point abt its popularity.The most discussed& celebrated National Award-winner is nt allowed 2telecast (sic).”

The TV premiere in the UK and USA/Canada was also cancelled following the decision in India today.