The Calcutta High Court today refused to stay the ban imposed by the state government for displaying the posters of the film Hate Story scheduled for April 20 release. Before the release of the film,produced by Vikram Bhatt,Jalan Distributor had sought the permission from the state government to display the posters under the Compulsory Censorship of Film Publicity Materials Act,1974.
The board of the state government,under the Act,banned two posters of actress Paoli Dam in the film,stating them to be too revealing. The board asked to modify the other six posters,too. The distributor then challenged the ban imposed by the board in the High Court.
Advocate Sudha Shakta Banerjee,counsel of Jalan Distributor,pleaded that the censor board had cleared the film for showing in the theatres but the state government imposed the ban on the still pictures of the film that would be used in posters,which,it claimed,was illegal. Therefore,the counsel requested the high courts intervention in the matter.
State counsel Advocate General Anindya Mitra said that even though the film has been cleared for viewing in cinema halls,the revealing picture in the poster for display outside cinema halls and other public places was against the spirit of the Indian culture and tradition,thus,pleading for a ban on the posters. Justice Dipankar Dutta refused to pass any order for staying the ban on the posters and directed the state government to file an affidavit within four weeks.