Actor Akshay Kumar’s “Jolly LLB 2”, will be released this week after deleting scenes that allegedly poke fun at lawyers, the film’s producers said today. India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had already cleared the comedy-drama but the Bombay High Court’s decision was that the film can be released only after four cuts are made by the producers. Last week, the HC had appointed a three-member committee to review the film following the allegations that it has made the legal and judicial system a laughing stock. Justices S S Shinde and K K Sonawane of a bench here passed the order after going through a report presented by a committee headed by Justice Prakash Kanade and two others after watching the Subhash Kapoor-directed film. Advocate Ajay Kumar Waghmare had filed a petition before the bench and demanded removal of certain scenes.
After asking the Supreme Court to over-rule that decision, the film’s producer, Fox Studios, today changed its mind and said it will accept the edits ordered by the High Court.
“We had no objection with the film and gave it a certificate. It’s a movie for entertainment and is fiction,” – Pahlaj Nihalani, Chairman, Censor Board
“Jolly LLB 2” tells the story of an small-time lawyer played by Mr Kumar, who takes on a high-profile case in a satirical look at the legal system.
Supposedly these scenes included one showing a scared judge hiding behind a chair and another in which Mr Kumar’s character is seen jumping on a dais as he instructs his client to throw a shoe at the judge.
The movie also apparently shows lawyers playing cards and dancing in court, according to some reports.
The Bombay High Court’s stance is a far cry from its ruling of June last year when it overturned 12 cuts that the CBFC had made to “Udta Punjab”, a film depicting drug addiction. It had told the film board not to be “over-sensitive”.
Jolly LLB 2 also stars Huma Qureshi, who plays Akshay‘s love interest Pusha Pandey. The film is a sequel to Arshad Warsi and Amrita Rao’s film Jolly LLB. Saurabh Shukla reprises his role as Justice Surendra Lal Tripathi. The film releases on February 10.
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