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Updated: January 30, 2014 01:22 IST

Anirudh may face charges for music video

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Police directed to register a case against music director if a cognisable offence is made out against him

The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the city police to register a case against music director Anirudh Ravichander, if a cognisable offence is made out against him in a complaint for allegedly uploading a music video containing obscene and vulgar lyrics.

Justice C.T. Selvam passed the interim order on a petition by S. Jebadas Pandian, an advocate.

The petitioner submitted he was shocked on seeing the video in YouTube. It had been uploaded on January 16 and extensively publicised by the music director. The video was filled with lyrics that were obscene, immoral and degraded womanhood. Releasing such videos was offensive to public morality, and lyrics targeting women would also have an adverse effect on society, he stated.

The video had been released without obtaining the certification under the Cinematograph Act. Such acts of obscenity and indecency violated the Information Technology Act and the IPC. He preferred a complaint dated January 20 with the Police Commissioner. It was kept pending and when he approached the police, there was no proper response. Hence, the present petition.

The Judge said he was passing the order with a view to ensuring compliance of a Supreme Court order in a separate case.

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I have not viewed the said video content, so I declare that I am not offended or morally degraded by this video and its lyrics. Hence, can the court please take a fair call? Probably, the petitioner was surfing the web for obscene content and hence ended up viewing this video that he/she is objecting. Is this an attempt to get financial gains from this issue as an out of the court settlement?
Indians, time and again, come out showing their immaturity towards public contents. Internet may be a public medium, and probably our kids will access it too. If the parents don't want their kids to access these contents, they should enforce restrictions which are freely available. Preventing others from posting contents that hardly offend a major section is unfair. Parents, first use the same technology to filter contents that your children view over the internet. If they have alternative access points, then try fixing that. Don't interfere in an individual's freedom to publish contents.

from:  Prakash Srivatsan
Posted on: Jan 31, 2014 at 08:03 IST

Julian
Your argument is like, Going out on the public road and you see
obscene posters in public place and you can close your eyes when ever
you see it. Do you accept it Julian? Your kids must also go on the public road.
Internet is in the public domain.

from:  Mohan
Posted on: Jan 30, 2014 at 16:58 IST

I strongly oppose the use of vulgarity in lyrics but as bala pointed out in the previous comment there are thousands of songs out there which are much more sleazy. No one does anything about these as these are associated with big producers/directors/actors.
One day a newcomer does the same thing and everyone goes crazy. This is yet another problem for youth in India who are competing with the so called seniors in any sector :-(

from:  Jesin
Posted on: Jan 30, 2014 at 14:49 IST

content on the internet cannot be viewed unless the user makes an attempt to view it and navigates towards it ... this case even holds true in cases of malware,spyware etc .. the onus falls on the user to allow data/code to be downloaded onto his computing platform .. is/if the petitioner is offended by something on a media streaming platform ?; he should refrain from navigating to those addresses/ using those services ... or better still provide an alternative service with servers based in india subject to indian constitution ... to sum up y would a person open an anonymous letter enclosed in an opaque envelope and then complain to the post office after having his address made available to the general public ...

from:  julian correa
Posted on: Jan 30, 2014 at 09:58 IST

is the lyrics worse than the "FY FY FY" song from Pandiyanadu, which is more vulgar and very popular among kids, and shown in all Tamil music channels almost 10 times everyday... there is a growing trend where a song is made popular, by targeting kids with filthy rhyming songs like this, which is more dangerous and all are watching and sleeping with it ! (including Supreme court, Police, Censor board).

from:  bala
Posted on: Jan 30, 2014 at 08:58 IST

Well if this man deserves this then Please do something for the movie
Grand Masti which was more accessible to general mass.

from:  Vipul
Posted on: Jan 30, 2014 at 02:56 IST
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