Bombay High Court’s verdict on the ongoing Udta Punjab censor controversy gave much needed relief to the makers of the film and its fans. Going into the details, as CBFC’s 13 cuts (including removal of references to Punjab, political parties and elections) on Udta Punjab was further challenged, the Bombay High Court pronounced its verdict on it today.
As a part of it the court said, "We don't find anything in the film that shows Punjab in bad light or affects the sovereignty or integrity of India as claimed by CBFC. 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". The HC even tells CBFC to “not act like a grandmother and change as per times”.
There has been a huge uproar and discussion about censorship and the conservative nature of CBFC in connection with Udta Punjab issue and once HC’s verdict came out, the elation of makers and movie lovers knew no boundaries. Meanwhile, Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab is hitting the screens on the 17th of June and the film has enjoyed enough publicity with the controversy. Let’s wait and see what Udta Punjab is all about!