The Punjab State Commission for Women has sought directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court to not allow screening of the Bollywood movie Udta Punjab for portraying women, especially young generation in Punjab, in an “entirely obscene manner” that is far from reality.
Commission Chairperson Paramjit Kaur Landran has moved an application before the High Court to implead the Commission as an intervener in the already pending petition filed by Jalandhar advocate Wattan Sharma wherein questions have been raised on the content of the film.
The application is coming up for hearing Thursday before the vacation bench headed by Justice M Jeyapaul.
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Also, amicus curiae in Wattan Sharma’s case would be submitting his report Thursday about the contents of the film, after seeing the pre-release screening of the movie on June 14 on High Court orders.
The High Court had earlier ordered that it will decide whether the movie can be allowed public exhibition on the basis of amicus curiae’s report.
Submitting in her application that she watched trailers of the movie downloaded from the Internet, Landran submitted that the “abusive’ language used in the film has “very-very obscene meaning and crosses all the limits of decency and morality”.
The petitioner has submitted that the movie has not shown the character of its actor and actress to be a stray incident of one girl of Punjabi society or the abuses by one actor, but the whole picture depicts as if it is the real state of affairs in the entire Punjabi society. “This is totally false from the real facts,” it has been submitted.