The movie that has been hitting the headlines for quite some time now, Udta Punjab, has got its final verdict this afternoon from the Bombay High Court. The film is granted ‘A’ certification with only one cut.
The court said, “We have read script in entirety to see if film encourages drugs. We do not find the film questions sovereignty or integrity of India by the names of cities, reference to state or by a signpost”, referring to Censor Board’s order of deleting the name ‘Punjab’ from the movie and other parts of the movie.
Also, “The CBFC is not required by law to censor. The word “censor” is not in the Cinematograph Act. Therefore, if by law the board is empowered to make cuts and deletions in that power it must exercise it consist with constitutional guarantees,” the court said today.
Earlier on Saturday, the CBFC’s chief had said that the movie will be granted ‘A’ certification with 13 cuts but he also agreed that their work is complete now and they will implement whatever order the court gives.
The movie is scheduled to release on June 17.