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‘Udta Punjab’ to be released with just one cut: Bombay HC

MUMBAI: In a relief to the makers of ‘Udta Punjab’, the Bombay High Court has said that the film can be released with just one cut and a modification in the disclaimer.

The scene in which actor Shahid Kapoor is seen urinating in front of the crowd has been cut.

The court has ordered the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to give an ‘A’ certificate to the film within two days. The restricted rating means that adults above the age of 18 can view the movie.

Udta_Punjab“We have read the script in its entirety to see if the film encourages drugs. We do not find the film questions sovereignty or integrity of India by the names of cities, reference to state or by a signpost,” the court said.

The filmmakers can choose the setting of their films as it was the underlying key to creative freedom. “We do not find anything in the script of the movie that affects the sovereignty of the nation,” the court said.

On Friday, the court had pointed out that the CBFC was not empowered by law to censor films. The CBFC’s job was to certify films. The word ‘censor’ was not included in the Cinematograph Act, the court added.

On Sunday, CBFC chairman had said that the board had cleared the movie with 13 cuts under the ‘A’ category.

Dealing with the drug menace in the state of Punjab, ‘Udta Punjab’ is set to release on 17 July. Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the film is co-produced by Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films and Balaji Motion Pictures.