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Vidya Balan's 'The Dirty Picture' gets India TV ban

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Vidya Balan's The Dirty Picture Indian television premiere has been pulled by censors.

The 2011 Silk Smitha biopic was due to be screened this weekend, before the censor body revoked its permission.

The Dirty Picture


Balaji Motion Pictures CEO Tanuj Garg clarified: "Sorry to everyone who's been messaging and calling this morning. Been on the phone continuously. It's unfortunate that even after a valid censor cert being in place, the telecast was held."

The producer said that in spite of the censor body agreeing to changes made to the original theatrical release, the screening was prevented at the last minute.

"The cuts made to TDP were done in a manner that would not offend the larger populace but completely retain the film's creative integrity," Garg added.

He went on to state that filmmakers will be discouraged from creating new forms of Hindi cinema, as they would face obstruction from the Indian government.

Garg commented that, despite the revenue Bollywood generates for the country, it faces negativity from official bodies.

Balan was previously the subject of a criminal case following allegations of indecency in relation to The Dirty Picture. The project was also banned in Pakistan.

Watch the teaser trailer for The Dirty Picture below:

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