Director Abhishek Chaubey looked relieved after the Bombay High Court ordered Udta Punjab’s release with an A certificate and only a single cut (HC asked the makers to delete the urinating scene) along with a slight change in the disclaimer, thereby safeguarding the creative interests of the film-maker and producers (Phantom films and Ekta Kapoor).
Talking to IndianExpress.com, Abhishek said, “I am terribly relieved is all I can say right now. I am grateful to the Bombay High Court. Freedom of speech and expression is unquestionable. The struggle now is to release our film on 17 June.”
Though, the director also said that he was not unhappy about deleting the urinating scene as demanded by the court. “Under the circumstances, I am extremely happy. And as far as disclaimers are concerned, we had offered it ourselves.”
Abhishek, who was present throughout the hearing today, also accepted the court’s observation about the need for film-makers to consider sticking to ‘decent language’.
“The court observed that legally and sociologically you can use abuse. The court also said that film-makers should take note that there shouldn’t be lot of abuses and I humbly accept that but all abuses in our film have been passed.”
Speaking about his intent behind making Udta Punjab, Abhishek said, “I have not made the film to titillate. Our audience is family audience. If there are abuses in the film, then we are lessening our own audience. So, I am not making the film for money. We never wanted a confrontation. We were upset because of all these cuts and we didn’t have an option. So, we approached the court.”