Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Raju Srivastava to leave 'Bigg Boss 3'?

Reality show ‘Bigg Boss 3’ is embroiled in controversy once again. After Kamaal R Khan’s unexpected exit, Raju Srivastava, the TRP driver of the

‘Bigg Boss’ house may have to leave the show midway.

Production house Sri Adhkari Brothers has sent the comedian a legal notice saying he has to be present for the shooting of a show for their channel ‘Masti’.

Adhikari producer Markand Adhikari said, “Raju is under contract with us from November 1. So he has to quit ‘Bigg Boss 3’. Besides has not taken permission from us.”

On Monday, the show was caught in the I&B ministry’s crosshairs. The ministry issued a showcause notice to Colors entertainment channel objecting to certain visuals broadcast by it. The channel has been asked to reply in five days. This is the fourth showcause notice issued to the channel for its various programmes.

In its notice, the ministry said the show had broadcast content offending good taste and decency that was unsuitable for unrestricted public exhibition. Colors has been asked not to carry any content that constituted a violation of the programme code that is part of the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act 1995.

"It has also been observed that the language used by some participants is vulgar and abusive and the show contains visuals which appear to be obscene and violative of the programme code. Recently, in one of the visuals, a participant has been shown pulling down the shorts of another participant," the notice said, adding this had offended the sensibilities of many viewers.

Since the programme was being telecast on prime time and was watched by families including children, it could also have a negative impact on young impressionable minds and did not appear to be suitable for unrestricted public exhibition, the notice said.