Udta Punjab flies: My fight against the ‘system’ will continue, says Anurag Kashyap

Mumbai: Flying high on the clearance of his film Udta Punjab by the Bombay High Court, producer Anurag Kashyap said that he is ecstatic but has lot of work in store for him if he wants the film to release on its scheduled date this week.

Speaking to ANI here, Kashyap said that the verdict had indeed brought an incredible feeling, but there is a lot to do now and the team doesn’t have much time.

“We have to deliver the film now with the said changes and disclaimers to the Censor Board, so that we get the certificate and can release the film. If we have to release the movie on 17th then we have lots to do with very little time,” Kashyap said.

When asked to react on reports of rising cries seeking CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani’s resignation over the furore, he said that his fight with the system will not stop, adding that it did not matter who was replaced at the job unless the attitude of the system or the system itself, did not change.

“This is a certification board, Benegal ji has given his report and now a second report will come out soon. Even Jaitley ji and Rathore ji have promised us change on twitter. We hope the change comes soon and it does not become a censoring board from a certification board,” the producer said.

Earlier today, Abhishek Chaubey, who is the director of this film, lauded the courage and hard work by the lawyers and producers and said that his team would now fight for the release on its scheduled date on June 17.

Producer Anurag Kashyap’s lawyer Ameet Naik told the media that if the decision is challenged and taken to the Supreme Court then the ‘Udta Punjab’ team will defend the film tooth and nail yet again.

However, CBFC CEO Anurag Srivastav today said that they would comply with the Bombay High Court’s decision.

The High Court yesterday cleared the release of ‘ Udta Punjab’, whose makers were locked in a dispute with the CBFC.

A division bench of the High Court directed the CBFC to certify the film within 48 hours to enable the makers to release it on its schedule this Friday.

The bench refused to stay its order on a plea made by CBFC counsel to enable the board to appeal against it in the Supreme Court, saying the filmmakers have already spent a lot on the movie and its promotion and distribution. (ANI)