Censor Board’s chief Pahlaj Nihalani has made it clear that Udta Punjab has been cleared by them with 13 cuts and ‘A’ certificate. Pahlaj also said that the makers were never asked to drop Punjab from the title of the movie.
While addressing the media regarding the Udta Punjab censorship controversy, Pahlaj said, “Udta Punjab had been passed with ‘A’ certificate, we have cleared it with 13 cuts”.
The former producer further added, “Now the ball is in the producers’ court. Whether they are going to the court or tribunal, and what decision is the court giving, that’s for them to see.”
Pahlaj also alleged that they have never asked to drop Punjab from the title of the movie. “The producer went to the media for publicity,” he added.
Starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh, Udta Punjab has been in news ever since the CBFC has demanded 90 cuts in the film. The revising committee later brought down the cuts to 13. The filmmakers moved to Bombay High Court against CBFC, which is due to give the verdict today. Considering the arguments took place on Friday, Udta Punjab is most likely to be cleared with just one cut (a scene in which Shahid Kapoor was shown urinating in open).
Directed by Abhishek Choubey and produced by Balaji and Phantom, Udta Punjab is slated for release on 17 June 2016.