The censorship controversy on ‘Udta Punjab’ seems to be getting murkier by the day. The latest we hear is that the makers of the film have approached the Bombay High Court against the Censor Board. The Bombay High court has criticised all the controversies that have threatened to stop the release of Shahid Kapoor starrer ‘Udta Punjab’. Though the certification board tried hard to defend all the cuts they demanded and said that they are justified and legal.
The court showed concern towards today’s generation and expressed that the generation is mature enough to handle such content.
“Why this hue and cry in this matter? It is obnoxious. We should avoid this as responsible people. Present generation wants something more mature. But you say ‘no’.“
Earlier, As Nihalani had said that Udta Punjab violated several of the board’s guidelines and would bring a bad name to the community in the state, if released. “The film shows 70% of the people in the state consume drugs. The movie puts entire Punjab in bad light. Nearly 98% of the movie is in Punjabi and based entirely in Punjab. It is not a Hindi film at all,” he had said in defense of the cuts issued for the Kareena Kapoor-Shahid Kapoor starrer.
After discussing the 89 cuts, the certification board’s lawyer expressed that the movie is not projecting the state of Punjab in a good way. Hence, removal of the names of eight cities including the state’s name – Punjab – anywhere in the film and words like “MLA”, “MP”, “election” and “Parliament” is justified!
But, the judges seemed ready to defend the film in every possible way and according to the source, it questioned the double standards of the board. The court talked about Goa, the other state involved in drugs and trafficking, but movies like ‘Go, Goa Gone’ that portrayed Goa as a state for alcohol and women weren’t censored. Another hearing will take place on Friday but now it seems like fair judgement is on its way!
Shyam Benegal, the filmmaker, who is also on the heading committee of the CBFC, gave a green signal to the movie and said,
“It was a well-made film and it wasn’t anti-Punjab. I wanted to see the film to figure out what exactly is the problem with the film. The impression is that the movie is critical of Punjab, I don’t believe that.“
Though, Pahlaj Nihalani who is needed here to break his silence hasn’t said anything. Meanwhile, many other celebrities backed the movie. Priyanka Chopra talked about the hard-earned freedom of speech that is being muzzled and Anupam Kher tweeted his support for ‘Udta Punjab’.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) June 9, 2016
Whereas, actors like Randeep Hooda, Amir Khan, etc. made a spot-on point saying that it’s a certification board and not a censor board. Hence, making cuts is not valid. And might get loss to the producer.
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