6 Things The Bombay High Court Asked The Censor Board About The ‘Udta Punjab’ Row
The entire controversy and hue-and-cry over Udta Punjab is “obnoxious” – that’s what Bombay High Court has said!
“There shouldn’t be a hue and cry over mature people wanting to see some realistic movies. We should avoid this as responsible people. Present generation wants something more mature. But you say no.”
The big case of Udta Punjab vs CBFC, has been submitted to the Bombay High Court, and it is hogging headlines everywhere. Now, the court has directed the Censor Board to justify the numerous ‘cuts’ suggested by its Revising Committee to the makers. The court directions came after it noted all legal grounds cited by the CBFC to justify the cuts.
Here’s what the Bombay High Court questioned CBFC about.
1. Explain CBFC’s insistence for deleting “Punjab” signboard in the drug-themed film. What is the logical reasoning? Is it provocative and are you suggesting it is offensive?
2. How will the use of the words ‘Punjab’ ‘Elections’ etc. adversely affect the sovereignty and integrity of the nation.
3. If Goa can be shown as a place of drug abuse in that film, what is wrong if Punjab is shown in Udta Punjab?
4. The title of the film has Punjab. It depicts a story of the state and the people. For one visual, you cannot delete an entire scene… It is a duty…to expose the problem.
5. It is not that nobody has made a reference to this in the past and that the drug menace has not been a subject matter of any celluloid film.
6. Removing words such as election, MLA and MP did not make sense. “In our times, there were names with these words in it like Aaj Ka MLA Ram Avatar.”
7. Explain the deletion of names of eight cities including Chandigarh, Tarn Taran and Amritsar, and the state’s name – Punjab – anywhere in the film and words like “MLA, MP, election and Parliament”.
As the hearing continues, the Bombay High Court continues to assert that “Punjab is an integral part of the concept and cannot be deleted from the film.”