Two days before Udta Punjab is slated for release, a Jalandhar-based NGO has petitioned the Supreme Court against a Bombay High Court order directing the Censor Board to clear the film with one cut.
The NGO, Human Rights awareness, has pleaded that the High Court cannot decide on deletions to be made in a film. The NGO also alleges that the film, based on drug abuse in Punjab, shows the state in poor light.
The NGO’s lawyer today requested the top court to hear his plea urgently as the film releases this Friday. The Supreme Court has asked the petitioner to complete paper work, before it decides whether to take up the case.
After many tense days as they took their battle over with the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) over multiple cuts to court, the producers of Udta Punjab got reprieve on Monday, when the Bombay High Court ordered the board to award a “For Adult Viewing” or A certificate to the film, with one scene deleted.
The Pahlaj Nihalani – led board – which had recommended 13 cuts including expletives and words like Punjab, election and Parliament – was advised by the High Court not to be “over sensitive.”