There seems to be some respite for the makers of Udta Punjab, now that the Bombay HC hinted at only one suggested cut in the movie.
Anurag Kashyap had written a petition to the Bombay HC, who held the hearing today. In a three hour long hearing, the HC questioned CBFC over various cuts and demanded an explanation over the same. The HC told the board to only ‘certify’ films and not ‘censor’ it and also that the audience is mature enough to understand the content.
However, the final verdict has been adjourned to Monday. But going by the arguments held in the court today, it appears that HC will allow Udta Punjab to release with only one suggested cut, which is that of actor Shahid Kapoor urinating. Except that, the other 12 cuts will be set aside.
Here is the hearing.
- CBFC lawyer to Court- The words used in the songs are very offensive
- CBFC lawyer to court – The scenes in this movie which are cut are very vulgar
- CBFC lawyer to court – The dialogue “zameen banjar to aulaad kanjar” is also very abusive
- CBFC lawyer to court – The word “kanjar” is very offensive to use and the way it has been used is objectionable
- Court to CBFC – Films dont run on such content, their has to be a story in it, why are you concerned?
- Court to CBFC – Multiplex audience are mature enough
- CBFC to court – “Kanjar” word used in the movie gives bad light to the state, Punjab is an “upjau” state.
- Court to CBFC – Whether it is TV or cinema, let the people see it. Everybody has a choice
- CBFC to court – ‘Kanjar’ the word can be replaced
- CBFC to Court- Dont have objections with the film, but the word “kanjar” and others used in the movies do not fit.
- CBFC to court – There is a dog which has been named as Jackie Chan, that is also objectionable.
- Court to CBFC – All this is giving unnecessary publicity to the film
- Filmmaker’s lawyer to Court – We have got the trailer passed with the same word ‘Chita Ve’
- Filmmaker’s lawyer gives example to court – Delhi belly, Bandit Queen, Gangs of Wasseypur, they too had been passed
Hearing on Udta Punjab adjourned to Monday, the judgment will be pronounced then.
The team of Phantom films too has agreed to remove that particular scene in question, but will wait for the final verdict.
“We have offered disclaimers in three parts to the effect that movie doesnt put any state in bad light. Theres no propagation for drug abuse, we condemn drug abuse. Lets wait for Monday,” said the Udta Punjab filmmakers’ advocate after the hearing!
As of now, the film is scheduled to release on June 17, 2016.