If you think conservative censorship is bad in America because of the influence of fundalmentalism, then you sould read what is going on in India. This is the wingnuttery of one Shailendra Dwivedi. Mr. Dwivedi is to India what L. Brent Bozell III and Ted Baehr are to the United States. Here’s an AFP story from Yahoo:
Indian court hears Bollywood kiss complaint
MUMBAI (AFP) – A court in central India has heard statements from a lawyer complaining that an on-screen kiss by Bollywood belle Aishwarya Rai and co-star Hrithik Roshan contravened the country’s strict laws against obscenity.
The court in the city of Indore recorded statements from a local lawyer, Shailendra Dwivedi, who filed the complaint over last year’s biggest Bollywood grossing film, “Dhoom 2” (Have a Blast 2).
The case is set to be heard on January 25.
“I have already submitted details of the film, the controversial scene, alongside newspaper write-ups and photographs,” Dwivedi, a self-confessed moral conduct crusader, told AFP Friday.
“My conscience made me file this case. The movie cannot be watched by Indian families as it depicts vulgarity,” he said.
His complaint is based on section 292 (vulgarity) and section 509 (derogatory to women) of the Indian Penal Code, and states that “Dhoom 2 lowered the dignity of Indian women and gave an obscene message to India’s youth”.
In the movie, Hrithik kisses former Miss World Aishwarya inside a house, just after a Brazilian carnival sequence. Although many Bollywood productions feature raunchy dance scenes, actual kissing is rarely shown on-screen.
The film, a sequel to the hit biker-gangster film “Dhoom”, collected 1.65 billion rupees (37 million dollars) worldwide.
Dwivedi has in the past filed a case against Bollywood director J.P. Dutta’s “LoC Kargil” after the Indian flag was shown wrongly draped.
He has also filed a case against famed Indian painter M.F. Husain for painting Hindu goddesses in the nude.
1. Does Bollywood have its own rating system?
2. A frigging kiss? Believe it or not, there are some who are irritated by kissing scenes in movies…no matter if it’s with hets or ‘mos. Mr. Dwivedi would freak out if he watches late-night Cinemax or even Logo.
3. The only thing vulgar is the frivolous lawsuit filed by Dwivedi.
4. People should realize that they shouldn’t care about the conscience of others if it infringes on the liberties of people.