New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay the release of movie Udta Punjab. However, it allowed the petitioner NGO to approach Punjab & Haryana High Court where petition is pending.
The apex court’s vacation bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice L. Gagaswara Rao said: “We are not going into the merits of the matter in the absence of the high court judgement.”
The Punjab-based NGO had moved the apex court, challenging Bombay High Court’s judgement for directing the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to clear the film with one cut and an A certification.
The NGO had also claimed that the film projected the agrarian state in a bad light.
Udta Punjab was in news after the censor board suggested 89 cuts in the movie. Later, the number was reduced to 13 cuts. However, the Bombay High court gave a green signal to the movie on Monday with just one cut and few disclaimers.
The film, scheduled to release across 8,000 screens countrywide on Friday, was leaked two days ahead of its release date.
Udta Punjab stars Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kaoppr and Diljit Dosanjh.