Bombay High Court clears ‘Udta Punjab’ with just one cut and revised disclaimer, big relief for the film-makers

The Bombay High Court on Monday allowed the makers of Udta Punjab to release the Anurag Kashyap film HC with just one cut and a revised disclaimer. The High Court ordered Udta Punjab makers to remove the scene where Shahid Kapoor is seen urinating on crowd.

The Bombay High Court on Monday ordered the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to give A certificate to Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Udta Punjab’ in two days. Therefore, HC cleared the way of the film to be release on June 17 with just one cut and tweaked disclaimer.

The scene where Shahid Kapoor is seen urinating over crowd will be removed as per HC order. The high court said the film doesn’t defame Punjab, neither was it made with the Punjab polls in mind. It was also pointed out that the film doesn’t encourage drug addiction.

The court further said CBFC was not empowered by law to censor films as the word censor was not included in the Cinematograph Act. “CBFC’s powers to cut, delete or change scenes must be consistently in consonance with provisions of the Constitution and Supreme Court order,” the court observed. The makers of the movie, Phantom Films had approached the Bombay High Court against an order of the revising committee of CBFC that suggested certain changes in the film. –ABP Live reported.

Anurag Kashyap’s lawyer said to media persons that it’s a vindication of democracy. We have no problem to delete just one scene.

The Pahlaj Nihalani-headed censor board ordered more than 89 cuts and all references to Punjab be dropped. That would have meant chopping half of the title of the film. The filmmakers moved court against the board. Nihalani said there was no attempt to remove Punjab from the name. Filmmakers said Nihalani’s 13 cuts would actually result in as many as 94 cuts. So the favourable decision for the movie gives the big relief and removes the tension from the heads of the film makers.



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