No ban on PK, SC says ‘If you don’t like then don’t watch it’

SC told the petitioner that if he doesn't like the film (PK) then he should not watch it.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2014 12:31 am
The apex court told the petitioner that if he doesn't like the film then he should not watch it. "Don't bring religious facets in it," the court told the petitioner. The apex court told the petitioner that if he doesn’t like the film then he should not watch it. “Don’t bring religious facets in it,” the court told the petitioner.

Observing that any restriction on release of Aamir Khan-starrer PK would “affect constitutional right of the filmmakers”, the Supreme Court Thursday rejected a plea seeking a stay on the movie’s release for allegedly promoting obscenity and hurting religious sentiments. The Bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha also said religion should not be brought into “matters of art and entertainment”.

Taking up the plea filed by All India Human Rights and Social Justice Front, which had sought the ban on the ground that the movie promotes nudity and that there was threat to public peace due to it, the court observed that nothing was hidden from youth in the age of Internet and any prohibitory order was not required. “Our society is very mature society. Nobody will get agitated with it,” the bench said, telling the petitioner, “If you don’t like then don’t watch the movie.”

The bench, which also comprised Justices Kurian Joseph and R F Nariman, saw nothing wrong with the poster of the actor in the Rajkumar Hirani-directed film, where a nude Aamir is seen standing on a railway track with only a transistor protecting his modesty.

“What is wrong with it. Don’t be so sensitive to these things,” the bench told the advocate appearing for the petitioner, when shown the film poster.

The counsel argument that the poster hurts religious sentiments and could disturb public order did not cut any ice with the bench, which said, “These are matters of art and entertainment. Let it remain so. Don’t bring religious facet to it.”

The bench asked the counsel how the poster or the film had violated any constitutional and legal provision. “Has any legal and constitutional rights been affected? Any restriction on filmmakers, as sought by you, would affect their rights,” it said.

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    thisischeena
    Jan 3, 2015 at 1:35 pm
    This is SC of India or P(a)k? If someone approaches court of bully wil he advise to change the location. Can SC lift all bans of past bans altogether?If I take critical movie on other religions and on any caste SC wont stop me?
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      mamita
      Jan 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm
      foolish judgement with lack of brain. If our society is very mature why we are facing so many rape case in every day?????????? If our children are getting all these kind of nudity and odd things from the internet so is it necessary to show every nudity in the public place like Movie hall????????????? tis is not at all a great job.
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        Karmendra
        Jan 10, 2015 at 10:26 pm
        Thank you SC, You are a real Maker of INDIA. India walo Soch Badi karo yaar...... Development ki Baat karo ladai ki nahi nahi to aur india piche chala jayega........................nahi pata apna country kab develop karega
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          Abhi
          Dec 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm
          Sir Joseph, if you have seen the context of that scene then I'm sure you will not say this. The movie does not promote people to walk nude!!!
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            Ashish Biswas
            Aug 14, 2014 at 7:19 am
            Funny ways of the court
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              Ashish Biswas
              Aug 14, 2014 at 7:16 am
              Very funny judgement. or is it a populist ? Either way it is bad.
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                JSJ
                Aug 14, 2014 at 6:02 pm
                why cant you relax? or close your eyes?
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                  Joseph Anandaraj.M
                  Aug 14, 2014 at 10:01 am
                  The supreme court order is somewhat ped in haste, without considering the importance of the nudity exposed in the poster.. Not all nudity can be categorized as art.
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                    Joseph Anandaraj.M
                    Oct 11, 2014 at 5:52 am
                    Yes it is possible I can close eyes, but will it possible for the supporters including the great actor to walk on the street without clothes? Will the police citing the SC comment allow stripping on the Indian street?
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                      DK
                      Aug 14, 2014 at 2:16 pm
                      Good job, Judges. These annoying complainers should also be made to pay the court costs of the defendants.
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                        pradyumna
                        Aug 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm
                        hahaha...nice one by SC.
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                          rao
                          Aug 14, 2014 at 8:55 am
                          WONDERFUL DECISION OF THE APEX COURT ON PK
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                            tanya
                            Aug 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm
                            great job SC! putting an end to bullsh*t like this :)
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                              Urmit
                              Aug 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm
                              very mature decision by apex court.
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                                Utkarsh Utkarsh
                                Aug 14, 2014 at 7:52 am
                                Sometimes, you just have to love the Indian SC. Cheers!
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