Bombay HC seeks clarification from CBFC on cuts in Udta Punjab
Mumbai: Makers of Udta Punjab have another reason to rejoice as the Bombay High Court, on Thursday, asked the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to explain the reasons for suggesting 89 cuts in the film.
The Bombay High Court bench of justice SC Dharmadhikari slammed CBFC for tagging the Anurag Kashyap co-produced film as anti-Punjab. He questioned Censor Board, “Has drug menace never been portrayed on celluloid? Some may be crude, while some may be artistic. How does this signboard insult anyone?"
Over the CBFC’s suggestion of removing the word ‘Punjab’ from the title as it brings the state in poor light, the Bombay High Court said, "Are you saying that Punjab is known only for drugs?"
Makers of Udta Punjab knocked the court’s door on Wednesday after the Censor Board asked for 89 cuts in the film which raises a sensible issue of drug abuse among the youths in Punjab. Several filmmakers and the film fraternity have come in support of the film and criticized CBFC and its chief Pahlaj Nihalani trying to run scissor on the film.
Starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh, the Abhishek Choubey directed film is slated to hit theatres on June 17.
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