HC Clears ‘Udta Punjab’ With Just One Cut

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Mumbai: In a major reprieve to the makers of “Udta Punjab”, the Bombay High Court on Monday has cleared the film’s release with a single cut and 2 changes. 

After a week of struggle, the makers of ‘Udta Punjab’ can perhaps breathe a sigh of relief. The film, which had run into controversy last week after CBFC refused to certify the film until it adhered to the 89 cuts that the board had demanded in the film, has been backed by Bombay High Court.

The Bombay High Court has said that they don’t find anything in script that questions the sovereignty or integrity of India. In its on-point observation, the HC stated, that the film simply depicted the menace of drugs in Punjab. It is entirely on makers to choose the setting, pattern, theme of the film, the court added.

The HC also told CBFC that there was no justification for asking deletion of signposts in the film. The court did not find anything that objectionable in the script that would malign the state in any way which CBFC had claimed it did.

The CBFC on Sunday, cleared the film with an ‘A’ certificate and 13 cuts. The CBFC had claimed earlier that film was ‘anti-Punjab’ and the language that was used was obscene in nature.  The court will be giving its final verdict on the issue post lunch.

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