Magazine article Screen International

Indian Court Overrules CBFC Cuts to Udta Punjab

Magazine article Screen International

Indian Court Overrules CBFC Cuts to Udta Punjab

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The CBFC had demanded 89 cuts to the film, which portrays drug use in the northern Indian state of Punjab. However the Bombay High Court ruled that the film should be certified for release with only one cut - to a scene in which one of the characters urinates into a crowd.

The producers of the film - Phantom Films and Balaji Motion Pictures - took the case to the Bombay High Court after the CBFC objected to the use of words such as 'Punjab', 'parliament', 'legislators' and 'elections'. The board also claimed the film questioned the sovereignty of India.

However, the Bombay High Court disagreed and stated that the board's job is to certify films and not censor them.

"We have read the script in its entirety to see if the film encourages drugs," the judge said. …

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