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Bombay High Court clears ‘Udta Punjab’ for release with just one cut

The Bombay High Court on Monday said that the film ‘Udta Punjab’ can be released with just one cut. The other cuts ordered by the Central Board of Film Certification in the movie ‘Udta Punjab’ was struck down by the HC.

Reiterating that the CBFC had been empowered under the law to certify films and not to “censor” them, a division bench of Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Justice Shalini Phansalkar Joshi said that after reading the script it did not find that the mention of Punjab and other cities threatened the sovereignty of India. It asked the CBFC “not to dictate” to filmmakers what words or scenes can be used in a film. The court further said that CBFC should not interfere with a creative work, unless creative freedom is abused.

“If, by law, the CBFC is empowered to make changes or deletions, then that power must be exercised consistently and in line with the Constitution and Supreme Court orders,” said the judges.

Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films, the co-producers of the movie agreed to cut out a scene in which the lead actor Shahid Kapoor urinates into the audience during a rock concert. They also agreed to add to the disclaimer that “neither the film maker, nor the actors support the use of expletives and abusive language by any section of the society.”

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