After a lot of controversies, discussions, re-assessments and suggestions, finally ‘Udta Punjab’ is ready to fly to the theatres. You call it anything but the film is going to release on the same date the makers chose to release it on (17th June). CBFC asked the film team to remove all the state and country references and suggested a bunch of cuts. Pushing all that aside, Mumbai High Court ruled everything CBFC said and cleared all the ways for the film’s release on the slated date.
Although the court ordered the producers to remove the reference to Pakistan in the disclaimer and a scene where Tommy Singh (played by Shahid Kapoor) urinates in public, apart from these there are no major cuts to the film. Surprisingly the legal bench hailed by the film fraternity as a “landmark judgment” was totally on the side of film makers and strongly argued that ‘The CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) cannot stop creative people abruptly as it may discourage them. This will kill creativity. These days’ filmmakers are brutal, direct and straightforward. One need not treat them harshly just because of this.’
The line that would make headlines is what the bench of SC Dharmadhikari and Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi said in its order. ‘Do not act like a grandmother. Change as per the times now’. This sure will make huge impact on forth coming films. Don’t be surprised if you get to see films based on Censor Board decisions.
However, the whole film industry is praising the act of High Court and it’s support towards art and art makers.