Thursday, Nov 27, 2014

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

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.
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: August 14, 2014 12:10 pm | Updated: August 15, 2014 12:31 am

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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