The Bombay High Court has finally given out its verdict on the Udta Punjab censor issue and there's cheer all around as freedom of expression has been upheld as per the constitution. Yes, the High Court, has allowed Udta Punjab to release with just one cut, and not 89 cuts as ordered by the CBFC.
The only scene which would be cut is the scene in which Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapoor) urinates in front of an audience while performing on stage.
A happy and delighted Shahid Kapoor, tweeted as saying, "Landmark judgement#UdtaPunjab will fly and so will the voice of freedom and expression. Thank you all for the support. This is your victory".
After an ugly spat with the CBFC and its chief Pahlaj Nihalani, film-maker Anurag Kashyap can finally breathe free, as his fight for creative freedom has been upheld by the Bombay High Court. Not only did the High Court come in favour of freedom of expression, the Judge rapped the CBFC as per the constitutional rules as:
-CBFC is not empowered by law to censor films as the word censor is not included in the Cinematograph Act.
-Creative freedom should not be unnecessarily curbed; nobody can dictate to a filmmaker about the content of his film.
-CBFC's powers to cut, delete or change scenes must be consistently in consonance with provisions of the constitution and supreme court order.
Below is what the Bombay High Court has observed about Udta Punjab during the ruling:
-Filmmakers don't support drugs.
-Drugs availability highlighted.
-Downfall of a rockstar is depicted.
-Nothing to suggest sovereignty is questioned.
-No reason to delete word Punjab from sign board.
-Cops struggling with drug menace.
-Characters show facets of menace.