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Udta Punjab Row: No Need to be Overtly Critical, Court tells CBFC

The Bombay HC asked the CBFC to stick to certifying films, instead of overreaching and censoring them.

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Looks like things are finally starting to look up for Anurag Kashyap-produced ‘Udta Punjab.’ A day after garnering praise from the head of government-appointed panel of the Central Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC), Shyam Benegal, the controversial film has now won the first leg of it’s judicial battle in court.

Echoing what filmmakers have been saying for ages now, the Bombay High Court in a stern message to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has said that it should stick to certifying films, instead of overreaching and censoring them.

The Bombay High Court will, on 13 June, determine whether the film will fly or not and in it’s observation on Friday struck down a number of objections that the CBFC raised, virtually handing the first round of this judicial battle in Udta Punjab’s favour.

Here’s BloombergQuint’s analysis of the court’s verdict.

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