Delhi HC to hear PIL against Censor Board nod to ‘Grand Masti’

New Delhi: A PIL was filed on Thursday in the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the certification given to Bollywood movie “Grand Masti” alleging that it is replete with double meaning dialogues and highly objectionable content.

The plea, which was mentioned before a bench of justices BD Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva for urgent hearing of the matter, has also sought stay on the telecast of the film on a television channel on August 22. Hearing the contention raised in the petition, the bench said they cannot show such a film.

“They cannot show adult movie like this. Let the matter be heard tomorrow,” the court said. The plea by 60-year-old Edara Gopi Chand sought quashing of the certificate granted in January by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to “Grand Masti”.

He also sought direction to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to carry out detailed enquiry into “irregular re-certification” of the film done by CBFC.

Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, appearing for Gopi Chand, claimed that the film which is having “highly objectionable content and not at all fit for unrestricted public exhibition, was granted with U/UA certificate by CBFC in a patently irregular manner.

“The said film is scheduled for telecast on television and if the same happens, it will result in the gross violation of provisions of Cable Network Regulation Act and also adversely affects the rights and interest of hundreds of thousands of minors in the country, especially children and adolescents,” the plea said.

“Grand Masti”, also referred to as “Masti 2”, is a Bollywood adult-comedy directed by Indra Kumar and produced by Ashok Thakeria.