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Promote Udta Punjab after removing scene: HC

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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday told the producers of Bollywood film ‘Udta Punjab’ to promote the movie only after removing a particular scene, as directed by the Bombay High Court.

A Bench of Justices Sunil Gaur and P.S. Teji directed Phantom Films to remove a scene where the protagonist is shown urinating in public. The scene was shown in promos of the film on social media and YouTube.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Punjab NGO Human Rights Awareness Association, which had sought removal of the scene from the film promos and sought a hearing by the censor board and its appellate authority before certifying the film.

The High Court directed the producers of the film to ensure that the scene in question is also withdrawn from sites like YouTube.

On the producers submitting that a lot of these promos are already online and are being shared, the bench said: “You withdraw it from your end”.

Meanwhile, the Centre’s 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 High Court order in the Supreme Court.

Mr. Gogna also said that CBFC would be certifying the film for public exhibition.

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