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Udta Punjab vs Censor Board: Hearing to resume in Bombay HC today

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 9 June 2016, 11:52 IST

The hearing on the case of censorship of upcoming film, Udta Punjab, will resume in the Bombay high court on 9 June.

The producers have filed a plea against an order of the Central Board of Film Certification(CBFC) seeking cuts in the movie. The High Court allowed the company to amend its petition allowing them to challenge the Censor Board's order suggesting cuts in the film.

With the Udta Punjab issue turning into a war between co-producer Anurag Kashyap and CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani, the producers moved the Bombay High Court on 8 June, seeking a copy of the order of the Censor Board Review Committee report on the film.

The CBFC is said to have demanded an alteration of the narrative with as many as 89 cuts.

The makers were apparently even asked to drop 'Punjab' from the title and it was suggested that the film be set in a fictitious backdrop instead of a particular state.

Sources close to the Censor Board indicate towards political pressure being put in wake of the Punjab assembly elections expected to be held early next year.

Co-produced by Phantom Films and Balaji Motion Pictures, Udta Punjab stars Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh.

The film which attempts to bring on screen the problem of drug abuse among the youth of Punjab is slated to release on 17 June. However, it now seems the release is likely to get delayed courtesy the fresh controversies surrounding the film and its co-producer.

First published: 9 June 2016, 11:52 IST