Delhi High Court on Wednesday told the producers of ‘Udta Punjab’ to remove from the film’s promos a scene which the Bombay High Court has ordered to be cut.
A bench of justices Sunil Gaur and P S Teji directed the movie’s producer, Phantom Films, to “modify” the promos accordingly and ensure that the scene in question is also withdrawn from online sites like YouTube.
The Bombay HC had ordered removal of one scene which showed the film’s protagonist urinating in public.
“You withdraw it from your end,” the bench told the producers regarding online promos, with Phantom Films agreeing to comply with the Bombay High Court direction.
With this direction, the Delhi High Court disposed of the petition filed by an NGO which apart from seeking removal of the scene had also sought that it be heard by the censor board and its appellate authority before certifying the film.
The Delhi High Court, however, did not go into the other prayers sought by the Punjab-based NGO, Human Rights Awareness Association, as the Bombay HC order has been challenged by it in the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, central government standing counsel Rajesh Gogna, appearing for the censor board and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, told the court that the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) would not be challenging the Bombay HC order in the Supreme Court.
Gogna also said that CBFC would be certifying the film for public exhibition.