This is a rare snub for a film. The notification from the Tribunal (of which we have a copy) reads, "There is no redeeming feature of any sort in the film. The film is only concerned with the exploration of the different parts of the human anatomy, both male and female, and is such as to deprave the minds of the audience. We are thus constrained to hold that. Freedom of expression cannot and should not be interpreted as a license for the cine-magnates to make huge sums of money by pandering to shoddy and vulgar tastes."
Says a source from the censor board, "Mastizaade was denied certification by the EC, the RC and now the Tribunal. The producers have no choice but to go to the High Court for their film."
The last time a film was denied certification at all three levels was 36 years ago. In 1979 Raj Kumar Kohli's Jaani Dushman was denied censor certification by all three branches of the censor board. Kohli had to approach the courts for the ban to be removed.