The entire nation, especially the movie lovers, had been waiting for the Bombay High Court to give its final judgment on the war between ‘Udta Punjab’ and Pahlaj Nihalani’s CBFC; and the verdict is something that will surely leave all the members of the film fraternity with a smile on their face.
After being asked to cut several scenes from his movie, producer Anurag Kashyap decided to file a case against the CBFC and won: BHC has asked allowed the movie to pass with an ‘A’ certificate, ‘Disclaimer’ for the abusive language and just one cut- to edit out the scene (referred to as Cut No. 9) where lead actor Shahid Kapoor is seen urinating on the public!
Here’s what the Bombay High Court had to say:
Word censor not found in the act. The board is empowered to make cuts but they should be consistent with constitutional guarantee.
Extreme responses will not just curb but kill creativity.
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.
Team ‘Udta Punjab’ is surely on a high now and were quick enough to tweet and share their happiness:
Many from the film fraternity expressed their happiness. Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar termed this verdict as a ‘Landmark Judgment’ and a ‘Game Changer’.
And here's what Karan Johar tweeted:
‘Udta Punjab’ will now release on 17th June, as per its schedule!
We wonder what will happen to the movies that had decided to shift their release dates to 17th.
Will they change it again?
Or go in for a clash with the movie that has managed to get a great amount of publicity- thanks to the losing side…?