Published On : Wed, Jun 15th, 2016

2 days before release NGO challenges HC order on Udta Punjab


Udta Punjab PosterNew Delhi: Just ahead of the it’s Friday release Udta Punjab has run into trouble again. An NGO has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court verdict.

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.

Admonishing the censor board for acting like a ‘grandmother’, the Bombay High Court had ordered it to certify movie Udta Punjab within 48 hours with just one cut instead of 13 suggested by the CBFC so its producers can release it on schedule on June 17.

However, now, a Punjab-based NGO has moved Supreme Court challenging the HC order. According to media reporrts, the non-government organisation has sought a stay on the film.

The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab has also said that it has no objection to the release of the film, adding that the people will decide the fate of the Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhat starrer.

In a strongly worded order, the Bombay HC bench comprising Justices S C Dharmadhikari and Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi said,”Do not act like a grandmother. Change as per the times now. The CBFC need not be over-sensitive in the matter of art.”