Makers of ‘Udta Punjab’ finally meet DC for nod to shoot film

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Mar 14, 2015 00:56 IST

The filmmakers of ‘Udta Punjab’ have finally approached the deputy commissioner (DC) for seeking permission for shooting in the district

Hindustan Times reported the matter on Thursday and Friday about the shooting of Kareena Kapoor starer film without the mandatory permission of the district administration.

DC Ravi Bhagat said, “We have permitted the filmmakers to continue with their shooting in the district. As they have taken the mandatory permission, the district administration will support them whenever they needed.”

According to well placed sources with the administration, the filmmakers approached administrative officials for permission with a ‘manjuri’ (permission) issued to them by the Amritsar Commisionerate of Police for shooting in the city.

They seemed unaware about the procedure that the permission of the DC office was mandatory for shooting a film in the district, said sources, adding, the officials also claimed that the documents didn’t have the name of the movie and the lead cast.

Amritsar police commisioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh, who had earlier said that in his knowledge no permission for security had been granted, clarified that permission might have been granted at the SP-level official.

“I am sure that the permission document does not have my sign. There are number of filmmakers who approach us for permission for shooting in the city and every permission document is not routed through me, and thus, I was unaware of the shooting,” clarified Aulakh.

Speaking on the complexity involved in obtaining the permission, Bhagat said: “It is a single-window system and easy procedure. All filmmakers should take prior permission for their own good.”

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