After the Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea by an NGO seeking stay on the release of Udta Punjab, the Punjab and Haryana High court on Thursday also dismissed the same saying the film does not show Punjab in bad light.
Sanjay Kaushal, Counsel for film makers, said, “Punjab and Haryana HC has dismissed petition and said there is nothing wrong in Udta Punjab film. The court said film neither shows Punjab in bad light, nor it is anti-women.”
Decision came from vacation bench headed by Justice M Jeyapaul while dismissing petition filed by Jalandhar advocate Wattan Sharma.
The order came after the Amicus Curiae Sanjay N Kantawala informed the court that after viewing the movie on June 14 he has not found anything objectionable for public exhibition of movie. He added that movie does not in any manner portray bad image of Punjab or Punjabis.
Justice Jeyapaul said, “I will go with Amicus Curiae. Drug menace has reached all over the country.”
Petitioner, on the basis of several media reports, had submitted that the film has portrayed Punjab in bad light and has done “negative branding” of Punjab and Punjabis,more especially the Punjab youths, and therefore the film is unfit for exhibition. “If the film is released it will have adverse repercussions all over the Punjab,” petitioner’s counsel Karan Bharihoke had argued.
On June 13, the Bombay High Court had cleared the decks for the release of ‘Udta Punjab’ after ordering deleting of a urination scene and displaying a revised disclaimer as per which the makers would have to delete reference to Pakistan.
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The Bombay High Court had also directed the film-maker to make additions to the disclaimer to the effect that the movie, its characters and the film-makers do not promote the use of drugs and abusive language, and the film is only attempting to depict the reality of drug abuse.
In the Bombay High Court, Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films had challenged the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) revising committee’s order of June 6 directing for a total of 13 changes in the movie.