The Bombay High Court has given a clean-chit to Bollywood film Udta Punjab for release with JUST ONE CUT.
Amit Naik, a lawyer of the film’s producer Phantom Films, said the court has also accepted a disclaimer that the filmmakers have proposed to attach to the film.
Our disclaimer has been accepted in its entirety. It states that we do not condone the use drugs, we don’t intend to portray any state in a bad light and that we do not promote the use of cuss words,” the lawyer said, calling the verdict a “validation of democracy and the fundamental right of freedom of speech.
The scene that is censored featured actor Shahid Kapoor urinating.
Filmmaker and the producer of the film Anurag Kashyap, took to Twitter and thanked all the supporters.
“I am relieved…I salute the courage of my producers,” said the film’s director Abhishek Chaubey, also they would try to release the film this Friday.
The entire film fraternity has supported Anurag Kashyap during his battle with the Censor Board’s chief Pahlaj Nihalani, who had passed the film with an ‘A’ certification on condition that the makers removed the word “Punjab” along with names of the other places and words like“elections and “parliament” .
Several states elections will be held in 2017. The film is not made keeping in mind elections in Punjab,” said the court.
Furthermore, the judges added.
They want to take charge of their own course. Certain degrees of freshness, change of attitude should not result in bringing about disruptions or creating hurdles and obstacles. It will kill creativity.
The court also added,
None can dictate to the maker how to make his film and what should be the context…It is entirely for them to choose the setting, the under-lying theme and story line.
But, the bottom line is Udta Punjab is ready to soar high.