Hearing a petition against Udta Punjab for allegedly portraying the state in bad light, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and film producer – Phantom Films- asking why the film should not be restrained from public exhibition.
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Vacation bench of Justice M Jeyapal, on a petition filed by Jalandhar advocate Wattan Sharma, also directed the CBFC and the producer to screen the film tomorrow (June 14) at CBFC’s theatre in Mumbai at 4 pm which would be viewed by Amicus Curiae – advocate Sanjay N Kantawala – and representatives of the petitioner, central government, CBFC and the producer.
The amicus curiae has been directed by the court to submit his report on June 16 focusing on the content of film so that the court could take a decision whether the film is fit for public exhibition.
Petitioner, on the basis of several media reports, has submitted that the film slated to be released on June 17 has portrayed Punjab in bad light. It has been alleged that the movie has done “negative branding” of Punjab and its people and therefore the film is unfit for exhibition.
The case has been adjourned for next hearing to June 16.