NEW DELHI: According the film producer, Movie “Jolly LLB 2″, which stars Akshay Kumar, will be released this week after deleting four scenes that allegedly swap fun at lawyers.
India’s Central Board of Film Certification had cleared the comedy-drama but the Bombay High Court intervened, demanding that four scenes be dropped.
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. The case is an unusual twist on censorship in the country, where courts have instructed India’s censorship board to reinstate scenes that it has deleted — not the other way round.
“We had no objection with the film and gave it a certificate. It’s a movie for entertainment and is fiction,” Censor Board chairman Pahlaj Nihalani said.
“Jolly LLB 2″ tells the story of an awkward lawyer played by Mr Kumar, who takes on a high-profile case in a satirical look at the legal system. Advocate Ajay Kumar Waghmare filed a petition claiming that certain shots jested lawyers. He called for them to be cut and for “LLB” (a legal degree) to be dropped from the movie’s title.
Mumbai’s top court nodded with the petition and ruled that the film, due for release on Friday, could only be screened if four cuts were made.