We need to allow freedom of expression to see cinema evolve: Shahid

New Delhi : Welcoming the judgement of the Bombay High Court overruling the cuts ordered by the Censor Board in their film, ‘Udta Punjab’, actors Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt today said there was a need to allow the freedom of expression to help the cinema evolve. ‘’We need to allow freedom of expression. We need to allow creative people to say what they want to say,’’ Shahid said at a press conference to promote the film, ahead of its release on June 17. Welcoming the verdict of the Bombay High Court, which overruled the cuts affected by the Censor Board in the film, passing the film with just one cut, Shahid said, ''I have complete respect for the judgement. It was an amazing judgement. I feel very proud of our county and our judiciary.'' On the charges that the film was defamatory towards Punjab which focussed on the drug problem in the state, Shahid said, ''I never saw an issue with the content of movie, I felt that the movie would be beneficial in spreading awareness.You can't create awareness unless you speak the truth.'' Describing the verdict of the Bombay High Court as the ‘victory of free speech’, Alia said, ''I was delighted when I came to know that 'Udta Punjab' was passed with 'A' certificate and 1 cut. This is the victory of free speech.’’ Speaking at the press meet, the film’s producer Anurag Kashyap thanked the film industry for the overwhelming support for the film during the battle with the Censor Board. ''The voice was mine but everybody was behind me. I have never seen this kind of support,'' Anurag said.

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