Makers of the Gujarati film Hellaro, which bagged the National Award for Best Feature Film at the 66th National Film Awards, were booked for the alleged use of a “derogatory term” in a dialogue to refer to a Scheduled Caste character, the police said on Tuesday. Hellaro (The Outburst) was released in theatres on November 8.“An FIR was registered against the director, producers and dialogue writer of Hellaro over the utterance of word ‘Harijan’ by one of its characters, considered derogatory by members of Scheduled Caste to which it referred,” an official of Kagdapith police station here said.The FIR was registered on Monday evening after a complaint was filed by Congress corporator Jamnaben Vegda, who claimed she was agitated after hearing the word uttered by one of the characters in the film a few minutes post-interval.Director Abhishek Shah, and producers Ashish Patel, Aayush Patel, Mit Jani, Pratik Gupta, and dialogue writer Saumya Joshi have been booked under Sections 3 (1) and 5, among others, of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the police official said.
BSkyB will hit back at BT with new pricing promotions as double-digit percentage increases in the cost of key sports rights kick in, in the wake of BT launching its own sports channels in the UK, according to analysts.Morgan Stanley issued a report following UK telco BT launching BT Sports yesterday and said that increased competition for English Premier League rights will increase their cost by about 15% when they are net up for grabs in 2015.The investment bank expects BT Sports to have 4-to-5 million subs when that rights deal is up for renegotiation.It said that News Corp.-backed Sky is likely to offer new promotional pricing to retain and attract new customers, but is unlikely to permanently slash prices for its basic broadband service, which is still cheaper than that of BT. The extra competition will restrict Sky’s ability to hike prices across its broadband and basic TV services the bank added.The financial impact, assuming Sky sheds some broadband and basic TV subs to BT and is forced to increase its marketing spend, are potentially in the £75-100 million (€89-118 million) range in its 2015 financial year, according to Morgan Stanley. That equates to about 5% of its EBITA profit.