Bombay HC issues notices to Big B, Sony TV for 'insulting' Netaji

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  1. nrj

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    The Bombay High Court today issued notices to megastar Amitabh Bachchan and entertainment Channel Sony Television in response to a PIL which challenged a promo in popular quiz show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' saying it has insulted and maligned the slogan 'Tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe azadi doonga', coined by Subhash Chandra Bose.

    The notices were issued by Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice G S Godbole who asked the Bollywood actor, anchor of the show, and Sony TV Channel to file reply by July 28.

    The court also asked the petitioner to make the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as well as Advertisement Standard Council of India as respondents.

    Counsel for Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Rui Rodrigues argued that the promo was not derogatory but was funny and it argued the examining committee had gone into it before clearing the same.

    The PIL, filed by Mukesh Sharma, said there were six scenes in Hindi which were meant to promote the reality show, 'Kaun Banega Crorepati-4' and increase its TRP.

    However, he found them insulting, defamatory and maligning the slogan given to the nation by the freedom fighter who had played an important role in fighting the erstwhile British regime.

    The PIL said it was surprising why the legendary actor did not recuse himself from playing his act in the promo.

    Of the six scenes from the promo, five are insulting and derogatory to Netaji's slogan. Some scenes in the promo show people were unaware about the slogan and Netaji's role in the freedom struggle, the PIL said.


    The petitioner stated such cantankerous and surreptitious approach of respondents will bring about a feeling of insecurity among Indians. Moreover, such approach will harm the integrity and harmony existing among the people.


    Bombay HC issues notices to Big B, Sony TV for 'insulting' Netaji - Indian Express
     
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    sandeepdg Senior Member Senior Member

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    I really feel sad when I hear such news. Some people will go to any length just for the cheap publicity of their commercial ventures, and insult a great man like Netaji. F**k those shameless chums !! And even Mr. Bachchan who prides himself in being so self-righteous and a supporter of the people's analogy, didn't object to it. It seems Mr. Bachchan is getting more greedy with passing age !
     
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    Out of all the losers with have they had to take on Netaji.
     
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    No one of these so-called "biggies" have the nuts to do a tenth of what Netaji did. Our media personality and media news is given a little more than required freedom.
     
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    Can I be, honest. If people over here can abuse the PM of the country, left right and center, then why cant anybody make fun of Bose. Its free speech, its inappropriate but yet it is free speech.
     
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    Can somebody post the relevant videos or the transcript so that we can discuss this objectively.

    Many of these PILs filed against film and tv shows/personalities have been found to be without merit and thrown out of court. It is only in some lower court that they are entertained. One can recall the famous peck of Richard Gere and Shilpa Shetty was accepted by the court on account of harming Indian values.

    Similarly Netaji is to big a person to be effected by some stupid commercials.
     
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    A citizen can find such media promo offending. How they perceive it & to what extent it registers on emotional level will differ from person to person. But anyone who advocates nationalism will be bothered by such act.

    Is the promo really insulting or defaming our independence leader is a decision for court to make. We have issued fairly strict rules against even slightest alterations of national flag, anthems etc. Is it really time we must also bring popular slogans or any historic shibboleth under stringent law?

    If it was supposed to be funny. What is the motive behind making fun of Netaji's motto? If sole intention was to capture viewership, I'd like to see disclaimer along with commercial rejecting any personal reference to Netaji.

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    On other note, if HC finds to-be response of Sony/Amitabh a non-excusable; broadcasting regulation authorities should blacken themselves for passing this gig in first place.
     
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