Calling the Bombay HC’s verdict “landmark judgement”, Shahid Kapoor said the film will fly and will the voice of freedom of speech and expression.
“Landmark judgement#UdtaPunjab will fly and so will the voice of freedom and expression. Thank you all for the support. This is your victory,” Shahid Kapoor tweeted.
Landmark judgement#UdtaPunjab will fly and so will the voice of freedom and expression. Thank you all for the support. This is your victory
— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) June 13, 2016
Bollywood’s renowed filmaker Karan Johar said that he feel empowered by the court’s verdict on the controversial film, “Udta Punjab”.
“And justice there is!!!!!!!!! #BombayHighCourt ….#UdtaPunjab …as a filmmaker I feel empowered and relieved!!!!,” Johar said in a tweet.
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) June 13, 2016
With a revised disclaimer and just one cut, Bombay High court had given the green light to release the Anurag Kashyap’s ” Udta Punjab”.
The court said Udta Punjab does not question the “sovereignty or integrity” of India. “We have read script in entirety to see if 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.
Earlier, Censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has said said that the film was granted ‘A’ certificate with 13 cuts, claiming 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,” he said. “Now the ball is in the producers’ court.”
“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,” he added, alleging that producer went to the media for publicity.
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. he revising committee later brought down the cuts to 13.