The Delhi High Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) case seeking a ban on the release of Homi Adajania’s new movie Finding Fanny due to the use of the word “fanny”.
A division bench of Chief Justice E.G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw found nothing wrong with the title and refused to halt the film’s release.
Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain opposed the plea, saying the censor board had passed the film after due consideration and no obscenity was found in it.
Starring in the film are Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor.
The PIL also challenged the UA certificate given to the movie, which also features Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapoor.
Nandini Tiwari and NGO Jai Jagriti Foundation filed the PIL through lawyer Abhishek Krishna. It stated that the word “fanny” was a slang term and should be removed from the movie as well as songs, posters and banners.
It also said the dictionary meaning of the word “fanny” was sexually explicit, and using the word in the movie would offend people.
Ms Tiwari, a mother of a four-year-old, said allowing such words in films and television would pollute children’s minds.
The PIL was filed against the information and broadcasting ministry (IBM), and the film’s producer, director and actors.