New Delhi: In a big relief for Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming controversial film ‘Udta Punjab’, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday refused to stay the film scheduled to be released on Friday, June 17.
The decision by the court came after an amicus submitted his report after watching the movie that had been specially screened in Mumbai.
The High Court said that Punjab has not been shown in a bad light, the film does not advocate drug abuse and is not anti-women.
The Punjab Women Commission also filed a petition seeking stay on the film. It said women of Punjab were portrayed unfairly in the movie. They alleged that the women of Punjab were shown as drug abusers, but the amicus, however, rejected this claim.
Earlier during the day, the Supreme Court had refused to stay the release of ‘Udta Punjab.’ However, it had allowed the petitioner NGO to approach Punjab and Haryana High Court where the petition was pending, but the HC too has cleared the film now.
A Punjab-based NGO, Human Rights Awareness Association, on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court to seek putting on hold the screening of controversial film ‘Udta Punjab’ as it projected the agrarian state in a bad light. 

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