Finally its time for celebration for the team Udta Punjab. The censor board has cleared it with 13 cuts under the ‘A’ category, said Pahlaj Nihlani on Sunday.
“We have today cleared Udta Punjab under A (restricted for adult audience) category after 13 cuts,” Nihalani told reporters on the sidelines of a function on Sunday, 12th June.
Udta Punjab is a bollywood movie which deals with the drug problem in Punjab, however CBFC asked the film makers to remove all references to Punjab, its cities and politicians to ensure it becomes a fictitious film. Pahlaj Nihalani also alleged that the movie was politically motivated and was sponsered by AAP government to show the sad face of SAD(Shiromany Akali Dal) which is an ally of Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP).
The CBFC’s suggestions of 89 cuts in the film was then later challenged in the court by Kashyap’s ‘Phantom Films’.
The HC judges on Friday said the CBFC must change its approach and let people decide what is good and what is bad.
“You have the power of certifying films for public exhibition,” the court said, adding, “The word censor does not appear anywhere in the [Cinematograph] Act, except in your mind. Everybody has a choice. Let people decide whether a movie is good or bad… Hand over the remote to people – let them decide what to watch and when to switch off, whether it is television or cinema. If they [film producers] produce bad movies, they will suffer in the long run.”
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