Udta Punjab gets a clear 'A' certificate with 13 cuts
"Udta Punjab" will be out in the theatres with an 'A' certificate and 13 cuts
"Udta Punjab" will be out in the theatres with an 'A' certificate and 13 cuts, said censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, adding that the film's makers were never asked to drop Punjab from the title.
"'Udta Punjab' has been passed with an A certificate (restricted for adult audience)... We have given it 13 cuts," Nihalani told reporters.
He said now the ball is in the producers' court. "The CBFC's job is now over. It is now up to the producer to go to the court or tribunal. We will implement the order," Mr Nihalani said.
"Whether they are going to the court or tribunal, and what decision is the court giving, that's for them to see. The producer claimed that we had asked for change in the title, but we never asked them for it."
"The producer went to the media for publicity," he added.
Produced by Shobha Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor under their banner Balaji Motion Pictures in association withPhantom Films, it features Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Diljith Dosanjh in the lead roles."Udta Punjab" is a film on the drug menace in Punjab.
The Abhishek Chaubey directorial is scheduled to release on June 17.
The film has been in news ever since it came to light that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had demanded 89 cuts. Kashyap then condemned Nihalani for his dictatorial ways.
The revising committee later brought down the cuts to 13.
The producers moved the Bombay High Court, which is due to give its verdict later on Monday.