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No plugs for porn on Indian TV

TV regulator warns Indian-origin porn star Sunny Leone to keep it clean
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Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt is primed to offer Indian-origin pornographic film star Sunny Leone the lead in his next film, Jism 2. (Before you get any ideas, jism means "body" in Hindi). (Ethan Miller/AFP/Getty Images)

An Indian broadcasting regulator has warned the Colors television network -- and, by extension, Sunny Leone -- to stop promoting the Indian-origin porn star's web site on the Bigg Boss reality show where she is a "guest," the Times of India reports.

The Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), an independent body instituted by the Indian Broadcasters Foundation (IBF). had directed Colors to stop the cross-promotion of Leone's porn videos and sites by December 26, the newspaper said.

Till last week, the home page of Sunny's website read 'You can see her on the TV show " Bigg Boss"', along with other pointers like 'As seen on "Bigg Boss Season 5"', 'Now watch her strip...' To most, that seemed like Sunny's participation in the Indian reality show was being used to promote her adult videos. Even though the home page has now been altered and the mention of "Bigg Boss" removed, there are conspicuous links in Hindi, aimed at widening her Hindi-speaking fan base. The new home page now carries a Twitter icon that reads, 'How does Voting work this week? If there are no public votes...' - suggesting that her website is still using the show to garner public support.

Clearly, the entertainment reporters at TOI are diligent researchers.

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