Udta Punaj set to fly with one cut and ‘A’ certificate

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Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016

Udta Punaj set to fly with one cut and ‘A’ certificate

Hindi film “Udta Punjab”, which is directed by Abishek Chaubey and co-produced by Anurag Kashyap with Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor in important roles, is about creating awareness about the drugs.

The film, which was earlier sent to censor board (CBFC), received condemn from the board. The board also suggested 13 deletions to give ‘A’ certificate to the film. Later the makers moved to the court and now the Bombay HC has allowed the film to be released with a single cut.

A Division Bench of Justices S.C. Dharmadhikari and Shalini Phansalkar Joshi said, “We do not find anything in the script that affects the sovereignty and integrity of the Nation.

” The court also said, “None can dictate to the film-maker on how he should make a film and use words; there is no need to censor films.”

The Bench was hearing a plea filed on June 8 by film-maker Anurag Kashyap’s production house Phantom Films, challenging the 13 deletions suggested by the review committee of the CBFC.

While dictating the order, the court said, “The power to exercise deletions and cuts should be consistent and in consonance with provisions of the Constitution and directions of the Supreme Court, so that creative freedom is not curtailed.”

The court said, “It is undisputed that the CBFC possesses powers to call for cuts, changes, deletions in a movie while certifying it. However, in the present case, the CBFC-imposed restrictions were not correct.

The movie has to be seen as a whole and it is not permissible to take the characters, scenes and songs out of context.”

Striking down the committee’s suggestion that the ‘sign board of Punjab’ at the beginning of the movie be deleted, the court said there was no justification for the same.

It said, “Such blanket deletion without reference to the theme and subject of the film is bound to interfere with the creative freedom of the petitioner.”
After dictating the order, the Bench said, “We hope this is the last occasion where such an issue is brought before us.”

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