Akshay Kumar in 'Jolly LLB 2'. Pic/YouTube
Fox Star Studios India, producer of Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Jolly LLB 2', has withdrawn plea against Bombay HC order of deleting 'objectionable' scenes and has accepted four cuts in film.
Jolly LLB 2 case: Petitioner, Fox Star Studios, agrees to withdraw its plea from the Supreme Court.— ANI (@ANI_news) February 7, 2017
A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi allowed Fox Star Studio India, producer of the movie, to take back its appeal.
Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the producer said the deletions of certain scenes, suggested by the HC-appointed committee, are acceptable to it.
The makers of Jolly LLB 2 on Monday were ordered to delete four 'objectionable scenes' from the courtroom drama after a three-member panel appointed by the High Court agreed that it 'showed lawyers in poor light'.
In its report, the panel suggested four cuts, including the scene where the protagonist (Akshay Kumar), who plays a lawyer, is seen jumping on the dais. He then signals his client to throw a shoe at the judge and a dialogue follows: 'Kya akal ladaai hai'.
Akshay Kumar in 'Jolly LLB 2'
The makers, represented by senior counsel Ravi Kadam, submitted an affidavit filed by director Subhash Kapoor, who agreed to delete all 'objectionable' scenes. The court directed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to immediately issue a fresh certificate to the movie after the cuts were effected.
The real courtroom drama began when a Nanded-based advocate filed a petition with the Bombay High Court, referring to certain scenes in the courtroom drama's trailer and demanded that the word 'LLB' be dropped from the title.
Directed by Subhash Kapoor, 'Jolly LLB 2' is a sequel to the 2012 comedy. The movie also stars Huma Qureshi and Annu Kapoor.
The film is slated to release this Friday.
Snip it out, says the court
> A scared judge (Saurabh Shukla) hiding behind his chair
> Akshay Kumar, who plays a lawyer, seen jumping on the dais and a shoe being hurled at the judge
> The other two scenes consist of objectionable signalling and dialogue during an argument in court
Makers' plan of action
At the HC, the makers undertook to do the following:
> Delete the 'jumping on dais' scene, keeping the dialogue between only the lawyer (Akshay) and the judge intact
> Remove the signalling scene (Akshay gesturing client to throw his shoe at the judge)
> New scene to show disgruntled litigant venting frustration
> Director promises to delete anything that is objectionable
> Supreme Court to hear the matter today
> Cast and makers to address media in Delhi today