Action against Colors over 'Big Boss' commercial

The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the central government to take action within a week against TV channel Colors for using the national anthem to promote reality show "Bigg Boss 6" in cinema halls across the country.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | 7:44:00 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)   |  Copyright: IANS  |  Comments 23 Comments  |  10459 Views

bigg boss 6The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the central government to take action within a week against TV channel Colors for using the national anthem to promote reality show "Bigg Boss 6" in cinema halls across the country.

The court gave the directions after hearing a PIL against the channel for running a commercial of the Salman Khan-hosted show wherein an audio demanded that all present in the hall should "stand up for the national anthem" as Big Bigg Boss wanted it.

A division bench of Chief Justice D. Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said: "In the wake of serious allegations levelled by the petitioner that the national anthem is disrespected, we direct the central government to treat this PIL as representation and the grievances be dealt with in accordance with the law."

The court added that "necessary action would be taken by the ministry concerned against the respondents within a week".

The PIL filed by Jeetender Gupta, a lawyer, alleged that Colors has "disrespected" the national anthem by using it to promote the realty show in various PVR multiplexes in the city as well as in other parts of the country.

"The Colors channel randomly displayed an advertisement inside the movie theatres and the said advertisement was in the form of a visual displaying the logo of its programme 'Bigg Boss 6' followed by an audio demanding all present in the hall to stand up for the national anthem.

"'Bigg boss chahte hain ki aap rashtriya gaan ke liye khade hon', (Bigg boss wants you to stand for the national anthem) and then the Indian National Anthem was played," the petition stated.

It further added: "The respondent (TV channel) is trying to associate itself with the national anthem solely for commercial purpose of promoting its latest TV programme."

The plea said: "The acts of TV channel and PVR amount to possible violations of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act 1971 and the Emblems and Names (prevention of improper use) Act 1950."

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  • Posted on: 18 October 2012 at 10:17pmphadukaran

    they should then charge those people who doesn't get up for National Anthem. because that is more disrespectful then anything. At least big boss is telling everyone to get up, for National Anthem.
    not that i like Big Boss.

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  • Posted on: 18 October 2012 at 6:37pmPiggies

    Thank God the channel was punished!
    Never would I imagine, that the NATIONAL ANTHEM will be used in such a disgraceful manner. But then again, this is Bigg Boss. This show will stoop to the lowest levels to increase TRPs and for promotion of the show.
    I am glad the channel was punished! They should think before doing such a horrifying act again.
    AND TO ALL THE PEOPLE SAYING ITS JUST A SMALL THING: Guys, we are talking about the NATIONAL ANTHEM here. IT IS A BIG DEAL. I guess you would want people burning the flag of India as well, right? A flag of a country and the national anthem of a country hold the same importance. They both represent a country so when either one of those is disrespected, the country is disrespected as well.

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  • Posted on: 18 October 2012 at 10:28amNatacha

    how pathe , i mean whats the use of making such a huge issue over a small thing like that ?! there are tons of bad things happenning in the country besides taking care of those they are wasting their time over such small things , WHAT THE H* ?!

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  • Posted on: 18 October 2012 at 10:01amBeing-Human

    whats a big deal guys just chill
    thry used the anthem it was might e thier wrong desision they didnt do it intentionally
    and whats the point of punishing the channel and show thats so stupid just tell the chaneel to stop the advertisment in cicnemas thats it
    so stupid ke log itni si choti baat ko itna bara banate hain

    Edited on:18 October 2012 at 10:01am

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  • Posted on: 18 October 2012 at 8:42amlakzm16

    they deserve this, BB should be banned bakwas show

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  • Posted on: 18 October 2012 at 8:10ammadhubansen

    awesome...just soo deserving...

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  • Posted on: 18 October 2012 at 5:22am...soniii...

    If BB Team Dont have Brains What Happend to Channal Directors . Very Sad , Very Cheap How come channal Promoted its Show in this Weird Way :-( . This Kind of Shows should be Banned and Channal Should be asked to Pay Huge Amount of Money for Punisshment as a compensation of its Cheap way and its cheap ethics of using National Anthem for Bloody Skin show.

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  • Posted on: 18 October 2012 at 5:07amyipee

    @everyone who is saying the show should be banned - which show is anyways giving any social message on TV? so waise to all shows should be banned...it is an entertainment show which brings TRPs for channel, am not saying the show is doing good for society but then you always have the option to not watch it ...about where our country is heading to, I think there are a lot more serious issues in our country which we need to worry about rather than the impact of bigg boss on viewers...just my POV, no hard feelings...

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  • Posted on: 18 October 2012 at 4:34amkaranika_praja

    hmmm letz c wat hapenz now

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  • Posted on: 18 October 2012 at 3:55amLampard

    minalgaurkhede2

    Every person in Bollywood/Tellywood are there to make money, its their job.

    Whats your Point?

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