New Delhi: After being locked in a bitter censorship row, the drug-themed Bollywood film Udta Punjab will hit the screens as scheduled on Friday with the Supreme Court and Punjab and High Court on Thursday paving the way for its release but its online leak sparked a fresh spat. Anurag Kashyap, the film’s co-producer who has been at the forefront of a battle with the Censor Board, and several filmmakers also appealed to people not to watch it online.
The Supreme Court refused to entertain the plea of an NGO seeking stay on the film’s release and asked it to approach Punjab and Haryana High Court which is seized of the matter. Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh starrer that delves into how a large number of youth in Punjab have succumbed to drugs had also triggered a political slugfest.
A vacation bench of justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and L Nageswara Rao granted liberty to the NGO, Human Rights Awareness Association to approach the High Court with its prayer. “We are not interfering in the matter. We are not going into the merit. Liberty granted to the petitioner to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court which is seized of the matter,” the bench said. PTI
HC too dismisses pleas seeking stay
Chandigarh:Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday dismissed a bunch of petitions seeking a stay on the release of Udta Punjab, which is slated to be released on June 17. Justice M Jeyapaul dismissed the petitions, moved by advocate Wattan Sharma and others, claiming poor projection of Punjab and its people in the film slated to be released on Friday. Earlier, the high court ordered the revisional committee of the Central Board of Film Certification and the producer to screen the film by Tuesday.
Amicus curiae in the case was directed by the court to submit his report on Thursday with a focus on the film’s content so that the court could take a call that whether it was fit for public exhibition or not. The order came after the amicus curiae Sujay Kantawala submitted report in the court after viewing the movie as per the High Court directions on June 14. The petitioner had raised contentions, mainly that the film shows Punjab and Punjabis in a poor light. “I do not concur with this opinion,” the amicus curiae said in the report.
Amicus curiae observe
s “In my view the film does not in any manner glorify usage of drugs or narcotic substances or contain anything which can be construed to indicate or said to have the possible effect of luring any person or persons towards using drugs. In fact, it does not advocate the drug usage nor does idolise who use drugs. The film highlights the “perils and dangers of falling prey to drugs and other narcotic and psychotropic substances.”
For more news updates Follow and Like us on Facebook