The Delhi High Court Wednesday dismissed a PIL seeking a ban on the release of Homi Adajania's 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 stay its release Friday. 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. The film stars Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor.
The public interest litigation also challenged the UA certificate given to the movie, which also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapoor.
The PIL, filed by Nandini Tiwari and NGO Jai Jagriti Foundation through lawyer Abhishek Krishna, said the word "fanny" was a slang and should be removed from the movie, songs, posters and banners.
It said the dictionary meaning of the word "fanny" was sexually explicit, and using the word in the movie would hurt the feelings of people. 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, and the film's producer, director and actors.