New Delhi, June 14 : New Delhi Bureau Chief of Thomson Reuters Douglas Busvine on Monday said that Bombay High Court’sverdict regarding ‘Udta Punjab’ has set an important principle. (Read: Shahid Kapoor swags up his impending fatherhood)Also Read - 2013 Shakti Mills Gangrape Case: Bombay HC Commutes Death Penalty of Three to Life Term
“I think the episode of this whole affair is that the makers of this film have got some fantastic publicity. I think an important principal was set by the Bombay High Court. We are talking about certification, which is judging the suitability of a film for a particular audience,” Bruvine said. Also Read - Aryan Khan's Bail Order: Bombay HC Says 'Nothing Objectionable In WhatsApp Chats' | Key Points
The High Court, on June 13, cleared the release of ‘Udta Punjab’, whose makers were locked in a dispute with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). A division bench of the High Court directed the CBFC to certify the film within 48 hours to enable the makers to release it on its schedule this Friday. Also Read - BREAKING: Aryan Khan Drug Case Handed Over To NCB Central Unit, Sameer Wankhede Removed As Probe Officer
The High Court, however, directed the makers to delete one scene and to display a revised disclaimer.
The bench refused to stay its order on a plea made by CBFC counsel to enable the board to appeal against it in the Supreme Court, saying the filmmakers have already spent a lot on the movie and its promotion and distribution.
Following are some other observations made by the High Court on ‘ Udta Punjab’:
1. Filmmakers don’t support drugs.
2. Characters show facets of menace.
3. No reason to delete Punjab from sign board.
4. Drugs availability highlighted.
5. Downfall of a rockstar depicted.
6. Cops struggling with drug menace.
7. CBFC not empowered by law to censor films as the word censor is not included in the Cinematograph Act.