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Bombay High Court says not be over critical to censors on ‘Udta Punjab’ row

Taking a line that many filmmakers pushed in the past, the Bombay High Court pointed out to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) that it was a body that was meant to certify films and not censor them. The Court made the observation at a hearing on cuts the CBFC, widely referred to as ‘censor board’, was attempting to impose on the film ‘Udta Punjab’. The court will pass orders on the case on June 13, four days before the film’s scheduled release.

The court also took a shot at the censor board’s attempt to sanitize films. “In this age, only those movies having a strong content and script line do well and just using expletives will not work for the movie, and hence the CBFC need not be overly critical,” the Bombay high Court observed on Friday.

The Court directly addressed the row over the blacking out of all references to Punjab in the film. It defended the right of filmmakers to take critical lines, not just against places but also persons.

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