Udta Punjab row: Filmmakers move Bombay HC; court to hear matter on Thursday

| Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 15:51
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New Delhi: After the Udta Punjab row exploded into national spotlight, the filmmakers of the movie intensified the tiff with the Censor Board on Wednesday when they moved the Bombay High Court seeking its intervention into the 'dictatorial' decision taken by CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani. Taking cognizant of the case, the Bombay High Court has said that it will hear the matter on Thursday. 

The Censor Board chief had earlierly said that Anurag Kashyap should approach the HC instead of going to the media. 

When asked about why he hadn't taken any calls from Tuesday, the Censor Board chief said that his phone had lost battery and he was not running away from the controversy. Nihalani said that Anurag Kashyap, instead of taking the case to court, was going to media with the problem. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap directing a fusillade of criticism against Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani over his new film 'Udta Punjab' was understandable. Heavy censoring of films also results in a slash in its originality. 

(Also Read: Udta Punjab row: Akali Dal-BJP defends censorship, says how can such a movie be allowed?)

The CBFC chief said that the board had recommended the film be put before the revising committee. Nihalani said that the director had agreed to bring the 'cut' version of the film to be approved. "But they approached the media instead," said Nihalani.

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Asked about whether the Censor Board was being unfair to Kashyap regarding the fact that so many controversial films had been approved, Nihalani said that he had only followed by the guidelines provided by the government and his decision was not motivated by any personal animosity against Anurag Kashyap.

"You should see the history of the person," Nihalani said, and added that Kashyap approaching the media was an agenda.

"We had cleared his film Rama Raghav 2.0 with an A certificate," said Nihalani.

The Censor Board had denied certificate for the film 'Udta Punjab' for excessive swearing and had ordered the removal of references to Punjab for the probable fear of the impact it might have on the electoral season. Udta Punjab focuses on the menace caused by drugs on the youths of Punjab and is largely being interpreted as a veiled attack on Akali Dal in the state.


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