Mumbai, June 15: After much controversy, the movie 'Udta Punjab' is likely to be released on June 17. The decision came after the Bombay High Court cleared the film for release with one cut and 3 disclaimers.
Co-producer Vikas Bahl said, "The verdict has been fantastic for all of us. It has been wonderful for the country and it shows that there is freedom of expression and we want to announce that 'Udta Punjab' is coming on June 17."
Film's actor Shahid Kapoor said that he is extremely proud with the verdict. "This shows there is freedom of expression, but we need to be responsible and it's a nice balance," he added.
Co-star Alia Bhatt said, "When I heard about the cuts, I questioned why and how because I was not able to understand. I am a director's daughter and I know what a director goes through. I was so delighted by the verdict yesterday."
Speaking of the problems created by Pankaj Nihalani, the films co-producer Anurag Kashyap said, "If he goes, who will come? And whoever comes in, how will they interpret the system? First Pahlaj should be replaced and the biggest thing what I feel is that an actor like Shahid came out of his comfort zone to do this film. Because of such things, they will not have the courage to do a film like this. This is important for us."
Meanwhile, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday ordered a special screening of the movieto decide if this was inappropriate for the public. Bombay High Court cleared the movie with just 1 cut and 'A' certificate.
While that happened, a Punjab-based NGO moves the SC challenging Bombay High Court order on 'Udta Punjab', demanding a stay on the film.