That is exactly what my daughter asked me. "What is that stars there?". It came out of the blue while she was watching TV. I couldn't figure it out. So I had to carefully construct the questions in order to find out what she meant by "that stars". If you are not in India, you might have difficulty figuring this out.
You know most of the movies contains obsenities. So when the movies are telecasted on TV channels, the obsenities are muted or dubbed over. In India, it is muted mostly. As the local English movie channels like Star Movies, HBO, Movies Now etc have subtitles in English for the English movies (yes, you read it right!), this poses another problem. What happens to the subtitles when characters are on screen are swearing. The subtitles shows the obscenities as stars like ****!
So that was my daughter asking me. That stars. The muted obscenities. Now, what do I tell her?