There seems to be some respite for the makers of Udta Punjab, now that the Bombay HC hinted at only one suggested cut in the movie.
Anurag Kashyap had written a petition to the Bombay HC, who held the hearing today. In a three hour long hearing, the HC questioned CBFC over various cuts and demanded an explanation over the same. The HC told the board to only 'certify' films and not 'censor' it and also that the audience is mature enough to understand the content.
However, the final verdict has been adjourned to Monday. But going by the arguments held in the court today, it appears that HC will allow Udta Punjab to release with only one suggested cut, which is that of actor Shahid Kapoor urinating. Except that, the other 12 cuts will be set aside.
Here is the hearing.
Hearing on Udta Punjab adjourned to Monday, the judgment will be pronounced then.
The team of Phantom films too has agreed to remove that particular scene in question, but will wait for the final verdict.
"We have offered disclaimers in three parts to the effect that movie doesnt put any state in bad light. Theres no propagation for drug abuse, we condemn drug abuse. Lets wait for Monday," said the Udta Punjab filmmakers' advocate after the hearing!
As of now, the film is scheduled to release on June 17, 2016.