Justice Vilas V Afzalpurkar News
‘The Dirty Picture’ gets clearance in Andhra Pradesh
The Andhra Pradesh High Court dismissed a writ petition by the kin of late southern actor, Silk Smitha seeking a ban on The Dirty Picture. Justice Vilas V Afzalpurkar dismissed the petition of Silk Smitha’s brother V Naga Varaprasad Rao, who wanted the court to stop the film’s release. The petitioner objected to the way his late sister was portrayed in the film. He also claimed that the filmmakers never took the family’s consent to make the film on Silk Smitha. The court dismissed the petition after the filmmakers clarified that the film was not based on the life of the actor. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) also conveyed to the court that there is no scope for the court to review the decision of the censor board as the filmmakers themselves have denied that the film was based on Silk Smitha’s life. Varaprasad earlier told the court that the censor board did not respond to his notice, and urged it not to clear the movie. He claimed Smitha, played by Vidya Balan, was portrayed as a woman of loose character through obscene scenes. He also said that the private life of his elder sister was different from what is being portrayed in the film. Silk Smitha, whose real name was Vijayalakshmi, hailed from Andhra and played sleazy roles in many south Indian films in the 1980s. The actor, who acted in over 200 films, allegedly committed suicide in 1996 at the age of 36. Starring Vidya Balan and produced by Balaji Telefilms, The Dirty Picture is set to be released across the country on Friday.
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