In what is being hailed as a victory of freedom of speech and creativity, the Bombay High Court cleared the release of Udta Punjab with just one cut and a revised disclaimer.
The High Court ordered the Censor Board to clear Udta Punjab with just one cut and issue a fresh certificate to movie in two days. Refusing to stay the release of the film, as demanded by the board, the court directed the makers of the film to delete urination scene and asks for a revised disclaimer.
Talking to media after the verdict, producer Anurag Kahsyap’s lawyer said its a vindication of democracy. “We have to delete only one scene (urination). It is a vindication of democracy,” said the lawyer.
As soon as the news got out, members of the film fraternity took to Twitter to celebrate the judgment. Take a look.
Landmark judgement#UdtaPunjab will fly and so will the voice of freedom and expression. Thank you all for the support. This is your victory
— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) June 13, 2016
And justice there is!!!!!!!!! #BombayHighCourt ….#UdtaPunjab …as a filmmaker I feel empowered and relieved!!!!
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) June 13, 2016
The triumph of #UdtaPunjab is the victory of #Democracy. And a victory for the spirit that DOES NOT GIVE IN OR GIVE UP.
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) June 13, 2016
And FINALLY #UdtaPunjab will flyyyyy!!Here’s to freedom of expression, to our judiciary, to the industry, to the media and to YOU ALL!! ❤️❤️
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) June 13, 2016
Woohoo finally udta Punjab can fly. Freedom of expression wins the battle.high court passes with just 1 cut. #UdtaPunjabVerdict
— Amit Trivedi (@ItsAmitTrivedi) June 13, 2016
I believe!!!!!! https://t.co/yHK3A6K2EV
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) June 13, 2016
Big congrats to team Udta Punjab for victory in high court. Big congrats to all Indians. We still live in a free country. #UdtaPunjabVerdict
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) June 13, 2016
Thank U Judiciary for giving back the makers of Indian Cinema their right to express. Salutes. #UdtaPunjabVerdict
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) June 13, 2016
Bombay HC clears #UdtaPunjab release with one dialogue cut.
That dialogue is: “Haan, hoon main #ModiJi ka chamcha!” by Pahlaj Nihalani.
— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) June 13, 2016
Landmark judgement by the honorable Bombay High Court on #UdtaPunjab. Great victory for the filmmakers. 🙏
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) June 13, 2016
Finally!The high court has’cut’the censors down to size!!congrats to the resilient team of udta punjab… #UdtaPunjabVerdict
— Sajid Khan (@SimplySajidK) June 13, 2016
Am delighted, relieved and elated that #UdtaPunjab has been finally cleared for release by the Hon’ble Court. This.. pic.twitter.com/pQan4OnxaT
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) June 13, 2016
Shukar Shukar 🙏
— Diljit Dosanjh (@diljitdosanjh) June 13, 2016
I’m sure #udtapunjab will get justice for its endeavours !! Best wishes to the team!
— King Mika Singh (@MikaSingh) June 13, 2016