Pahlaj Nihalani, who was in the eye of the storm over suggesting a very large number of cuts, said nine members of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) watched the film and "unanimously" cleared it after the proposed 13 cuts.
The Bombay High Court on Monday overruled the CBFC recommended 13 cuts to the Bollywood film “Udta Punjab” and cleared the film for release with one cut and three disclaimers by the filmmakers here.
A division bench comprising Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari and Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi also directed the Central Board of Film Certification to issue an ‘A’ Certificate to the film which is scheduled for release on Friday.
5:10pm: We will respect and act in compliance with the Bombay HC’s order: Anurag Srivastav, CEO CBFC
5:05pm: This is a landmark judgement for all film makers. The verdict is a game changer: Madhur Bhandarkar
4:30:pm Mukesh Bhatt says, I am relieved, Censor board should not be the moral guardian
4:25pm: Director of the movie says, “I am relieved after the Verdict”
4:14 pm: Court cuts only ‘Tommy urinating’ scene from the movie
4:13pm: Bombay HC orders just 1 cut.
4:09 pm : CBFC directed by Bombay HC to issue a fresh certificate to movie Udta Punjab in 2 days. CBFC’s demand for a stay refused by HC.
3.40 pm: We are not in agreement that in some films cuss words have been allowed so these should be allowed here too, says Court.
3.24 pm: Cuts interfere in the creativity and so does blanket deletion. Certify films, don’t censor them, says Court
3.18 pm: CBFC’s powers to cut, delete or change scenes must be consistently in consonance with provisions of the Constitution and Supreme Court orders: HC
3.15 pm: Proceedings resume in Bombay HC.
3.02 pm: Bombay High Court comes down heavily on the CBFC.
2.40 pm: I consider Anurag Kashyap as sensitive film maker.If Udta Punjab is focusing on drug problem,I believe its sincere attempt.
2.35 pm: The Court believes that Udta Punjab portrays the easy availability of drugs and the filmmakers have indicated that they do not support drugs.
2.28 pm: Pahlaj Nihalani is doing his job ‘dutifully and beautifully’. He is following the govt guidelines. Have always said, “Don’t shoot messenger if you don’t like the message”says veteran actor and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha.
2.19 pm: Udta Punjab ko ban kia ja raha hai,aaj bhi ye uss sachai ko maan ne ko nhi taiyaar,kyunki uss sachai se unka fayda ho raha says Rahul Gandhi.
2.12 pm: The movie depicts the downfall of a rockstar, and all characters in the film show facets of drug menace, says HC. It also maintains that there is no reason to delete the ‘Punjab’ sign board in the film. It is entirely on the filmmakers to choose the setting for a film.
2.11 pm: Not for anybody to interfere unless creative freedom is abused. None can dictate the maker as to how to make the film., says HC.
2.05 pm: Bombay HC to continue dictation of order on Udta Punjab post lunch break at 3:00pm.
1.58 pm: The Court observes that by referring to Punjab, the sovereignty of India or its integrity is not questioned in the film.
1.56 pm: Bombay HC observes,” There is no mention of the word ‘censor’ in board. Board should use its powers as per Constitution and SC’s directions”.
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1.50 pm: Hearing in Bombay High Court underway.
11.57 pm: Hearing begins in Bombay HC.
The Censor board on Sunday cleared the controversial film, Udta Punjab with 13 cuts under the ‘A’ category, said its chairman Pahlaj Nihalani. Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the film is set to release on June 17. The makers of the movie, Phantom Films had approached the Bombay High Court against an order of the revising committee of CBFC that suggested certain changes in the film.
A string of changes proposed included removing a signboard mentioning Punjab and other suggestions. The HC had on Friday said that the makers of ‘Udta Punjab’ should tone down expletives and vulgar scenes as these alone
cannot make a film work. The I&B ministry had sought to distance itself from the controversy, saying the certification process was independent. A division bench had concluded hearing arguments on the petition and is expected to pass order in the case today.
Amid the controversy surrounding Udta Punjab, a film on drug menace in Punjab, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has decided to lead a protest in Punjab’s Jalandhar city on Monday against the drug menace in the state. Gandhi, who will be accompanied by members of the Congress’ Punjab unit, is also expected to highlight the alleged deterioration in the law and order situation in the state.
“If the film shows the issue it is good, people will become aware. Rahul ji’s initiative should be welcomed,” said Congress leader P.L. Punia.
Over 30 online petitions started by people across the country are demanding the release of an uncensored version of “Udta Punjab”. The petititons on the website Change.org are in the wake of the controversy in which the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) initially demanded 89 cuts, which were then brought down to 13 by its Revising Committee. However, the movie’s makers are fighting against the censorship, for a due certification.