Pakistan's film censors have decided not to clear Aamir Khan's Delhi Belly for public exhibition
A leading cineplex in Karachi, which was to screen the movie from 1 July, informed media that the Pakistan censor board has not cleared the film. Hence, for the time being, the screening has been put off. The film is unlikely to be released in Pakistan.
Delhi Belly has also been targeted by Nepal's censors.
The ban came after Nepal's Film Censor Board complained to the authorities that the Abhinay Deo-directed film was full of obscene dialogue and the distributor of the film in Nepal had failed to heed the censors' directive that the objectionable bits be
removed before screening it in Nepal's theatres.
Obeying orders from the Kathmandu district administration, police on Sunday evening raided the Gopirkishna multiplex in Kathmandu, seizing prints of the film and stopping all screenings till the recommended cuts were effected.
6th July 2011. See article
The government has lifted the ban on the screening of Hindi movie Delhi Belly two days after the police seized the movie print from Gopikrishna Movies in Kathmandu, claiming that the movie was screened without removing obscene words as directed by
the country's Film Censor Board.
According to a statement issued by the District Administration Office (DAO) in Kathmandu, the Board has received a clarification from the Triple Movies and Suppliers, the official distributor of the movie for Nepal, that it had already removed the
supposedly obscene dialogues from the movie as directed by the Board and that it would be ready to face legal action if found guilty of screening it without removing the objectionable parts in the future.
Update: Belly Aching
12th July 2011. See article
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) activists have protested outside two cinema halls here exhibiting the latest Aamir Khan production Delhi Belly due to its supposed vulgar and objectionable content, police said.
The cinemas were forced to cancel the afternoon shows.
Protestors shouted slogans, tore off the movie posters and banners and attempted to barge into the theatre premises, demanding cancellation of the show.
Their ire was also directed at the censor board, which they said had cleared objectionable dialogues, explicit erotic scenes and the song DK Bose .
The protesters demanded deletion of the song, offensive dialogues and explicit scenes on grounds that they corrupted the mind of the youth, especially college students, who have been queuing up to watch the movie.
Police said that around 20 NCP activists were detained and additional security has been provided at the two cinema halls.
Update: And in the Courts
12th July 2011. See article
The Madhya Pradesh high court in Jabalpur has issued notices to the Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and three others on a petition demanding the stay of screenings of Delhi Belly for its supposed obscenity and use of abusive language.
Besides Aamir, other respondents are the Censor Board and the Madhya Pradesh chief secretary.
The petitioner claimed that people, especially the youth, treat Aamir as God of the acting world and he has made a number of inspirational films. However, Delhi Belly, which he has produced, is obscene and has abusive language which is against
the Indian culture , petition says. The petition also says that the Censor Board has cleared the picture despite some blue-film like scenes.
Update: And Again in the Courts
26th July 2011. See article
The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court has also issued notices to Aamir Khan Productions, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Censor Board of Film Certification challenging the public exhibition certificate issued to the film.
The petitioners alleged that the film had indecent, immoral and abusive language. They submitted that it was clear violation of Section 5 B of the Cinematograph Act.
The notices were issued on a writ petition seeking direction to quash the certificate for public exhibition.
Update: And Again And Again in the Courts
28th July 2011. See article
The Allahabad High Court has issued notices to Bollywood actor-filmmaker Aamir Khan and two others in connection with the public exhibition of an objectionable song in his latest production venture, Delhi Belly, a lawyer said.
While hearing a public interest litigation, seeking a ban on showing the controversial song Bhag DK Bose, a division bench also issued notice to the censor board and Ram Sampat, the writer of the song.
It was stated that the public exhibition of the [objectionable] song stands in violation of the A-certificate given to the movie for its adult content, and therefore it should be screened only in the movie and not anywhere else, counsel Vinay