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Dirty Picture: Is 'Silk Smitha' too dirty for TV?

With all those beeps and strange cuts, television version of 'The Dirty Picture' is hardly entertaining.

Ritu V Singh | IBNLive.comvermaritu

Updated:August 27, 2012, 10:29 AM IST
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Dirty Picture: Is 'Silk Smitha' too dirty for TV?
With all those beeps and strange cuts, television version of 'The Dirty Picture' is hardly entertaining.

New Delhi: Is showing a kiss on television really a big deal now? Is Vidya Balan aka Silk really too hot for television? Finally, director Milan Luthria’s award winning film ‘The Dirty Picture’ was aired on television on August 26, 2012.

After 56 cuts, the Central Board of Film Certification passed the film to be aired on television. It was supposed to be aired on April 22, 2012. However, on the scheduled day, Information and Broadcast Ministry informed the television channel that it can only be aired after 11 PM. And then, the makers made further changes in the film to make it fit for the prime time. When the film was finally aired on TV, there was nothing ‘Dirty’ about this ‘Picture’.

‘The Dirty Picture’ showcases the rise and fall of an actress. Initially, the film was being called southern actress Silk Smitha's biopic. Though producer Ekta Kapoor claims that the film is not based on anybody's life, but most of the people do not agree with that.

The people who have seen ‘Dirty Picture’ in theatres earlier, were highly disappointed with the toned down version of the film. The film has innumerable smoking scenes and its okay to blur the cigarettes for television viewing. However, Vidya Balan’s blurred cleavage in one of the songs looked really senseless. In one of the scenes, Vidya Balan publically kisses Tusshar Kapoor. That scene was totally removed from the film. When Vidya and Tusshar talk about that kiss in the next scene, it seems like a continuity jerk. Emraan Hashmi and Vidya’s kissing scene was also missing from the film.

In ‘Dirty Picture’, when Silk gets an award she says, “Me apni dirty pictures yu hi bananti rahungi.”(I will keep on making my dirty pictures.) What was the point of muting the word ‘Dirty’ in the dialogue? With all those beeps and strange cuts, television version of ‘The Dirty Picture’ is hardly entertaining.

Released on December 2, 2011, ‘The Dirty Picture’ swept all the award functions this year. Vidya Balan received a National Award for her performance in the film. Niharika Khan won the Best Costume Design award for the film. Isn’t it sheer hypocrisy to give away the most coveted awards to a film and then call it too ‘Dirty’ for television.

Bollywood filmmakers were highly upset when ‘The Dirty Picture’ was dropped from the prime time slot. Does the censor board need to move on from the clichéd and look at the films with a modern outlook, at par with our society? Now let’s wait and watch what will happen to films like ‘Jannat 2’ and ‘Jism 2’. Filmmakers have their fingers crossed.

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