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Anurag Kashyap on petition against Udta Punjab in Punjab HC: Will go ahead with release

Co-producer Kashyap says that he would release the film in the rest of India even if Punjab and Haryana decide not to exhibit

Mayur Lookhar

A Jalandhar-based advocate, Wattan Sharma, filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on 13 June against the release of the film Udta Punjab for allegedly doing "negative branding" of Punjab and its people, and therefore being unfit for exhibition. The bench directed the CBFC and the makers to screen the film for Amicus Curiae – advocate Sanjay N Kantawala – as well as the representatives of the petitioner, CBFC and the Central Government. The film has been screened for them at 4 pm today. 

Reacting to the petition, co-producer of the film, Anurag Kashyap said that the producers will go ahead with the release of the film on 17 June, irrespective of the verdict given by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

"We are going ahead with the release of the film. In Punjab and Haryana, we don’t foresee a problem because we know the kind of film we have made and everybody else is assuming what it is. So once they see the film they won’t have a problem. If there’s a problem we will battle it out. But we will go ahead with the release. This would entirely be Ekta and Madhu Matena’s call though," said Kashyap, elaborating on whether he would go ahead with the release in the rest of India, if Punjab and Haryana decide not to exhibit.

The Amicus Curiae will have to submit his report by 16 June, following which the Punjab and Haryana HC will decide whether the film is fit for public exhibition.