The censor board has cleared ‘Udta Punjab‘ with 13 cuts under the ‘A’ category. The movie courted a major controversy after it ran into trouble with the CFBC, with officials reportedly demanding 89 cuts in it and the removal of the word ‘Punjab’ from the title.
Nihalani, who reportedly suggested a large number of cuts in the film, said nine members of the Central Board of Film Certification watched the film and “unanimously” cleared it after the proposed 13 cuts. Nihalani told reporters, “We have today cleared Udta Punjab under A (restricted for adult audience) category after 13 cuts.”
‘Udta Punjab’ has been passed with ‘A’ certificate. The claim of producer to remove the title of the film by board is false. Nine other members of the Censor Board watched the movie and cleared it with just 13 cuts.
After months of shocking and unacceptable attitude of the Censor Board towards allowing certificates (rather call it censoring) films, a movie caught in the storm for a long time has emerged victories.
Further, the court asked the board to modify the disclaimer:
The court earlier said that Udta Punjab does not question the sovereignty or integrity of India. It strongly remarked that nobody should interfere unless and until creative freedom is abused:
The Censor Board accepted the judgement and said will act in compliance with it:
When the CBFC announced 94 cuts in ‘Udta Punjab‘ including an entire song and dropping the word “Punjab” from its title, producer Anurag Kashyap was up in arms against the board. He took the case to the Bombay High Court, which over a series of hearings, has finally given a clean-chit to the film with only one cut. It’s a well-deserved victory for the entire Bollywood which had united against the board and it’s autocratic ways in giving certificates.
Sessions court was held on Thursday to hear both the sides of the issue. It demanded the Censor Board to give justifications behind censoring the given points. But the court has finally given out it’s decision. All it demands is editing only one scene where Shahid Kapoor is seen urinating on the crowd during a concert. That needs to be removed, leaving aside other points recommended by the board, which it called “unnecessary”.
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