The verdict is here! The Bombay High Court has finally pronounced its order on the censorship of Udta Punjab, the movie that became the talk of the town way before its release. It all started when the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) suggested 13 cuts in this Anurag Kashyap film based on the drug menace in Punjab. From the industry insiders to the audience, everyone spoke up and dissed the CBFC for this action. After all the brouhaha, the Udta Punjab team made an appeal to the Bombay High Court.
And thankfully, the BHC has said that the CBFC should only certify a film and not censor it. The movie has been passed with an ‘A’ certificate and a single cut. The film will be released after changing its disclaimer and deleting a scene in which Shahid Kapoor is seen urinating in front of the crowd. The Bombay High Court has said:
We don’t find anything in the film that shows Punjab in bad light or affects the sovereignty or integrity of India as claimed by CBFC.
Creative freedom should not be unnecessarily curbed; nobody can dictate to a filmmaker about the content of his film.
CBFC’s powers to cut, delete or change scenes must be consistently in consonance with provisions of the Constitution and Supreme Court order.
Congratulations to the team of Udta Punjab. The film releases on 17th of this month and we cannot wait to watch it!