The censor board has asked the makers of ‘Udta Punjab’ to drop all references to Punjab from a movie because of the upcoming election. The Censor Board has demanded as many as 89 cuts in the film. But Twitter users did not take kindly to the news.
The Board recommended 89 cuts in the film, including scenes that show substance abuse and use of expletives. It also said the film shouldn’t make any political references. Major objections have come from Punjab’s ruling Akali Dal led by Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal. The producers of the film are now planning to move Bombay High Court against the verdict of the Revising Committee.
In a review reportedly presided over by Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, the committee recommended heavy cuts to temper the “reality” of the film. It also wanted the film to be set in a fictional land rather than in Punjab. Powerful objections to the film’s title and narrative have come from Punjab’s ruling Akali Dal led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and deputy Sukhbir Badal, who have been assailed by the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party over the growing drug menace in the state, where assembly elections will be held early next year.
Studies done by various agencies and organisations in recent years have indicated that substance abuse, including drugs, is rampant across Punjab, especially in rural areas. The extent of the substance abuse is put by some surveys at over 70 per cent out of Punjab’s 2.8 crore population.
CBFC member Ashoke Pandit also questioned the board over the matter and wrote, “I question the intelligence of the committee which has given this judgement of removing the word ‘Punjab’ from #UdtaPunjab. #CBFC. Just wondering what were to happen if these films would release now : #MrIndia, #MumbaiMeriJaan, #DilliKaThug. #UdtaPunjab #CBFC. Going by Nihalani’s logic, issue based classics wud’ve nvr released: #SalamBombay (Prostitution),#Bombay (Riots),#NewDelhiTimes (Corruption).”
Twitterati, started trending ‘Drugs Di Maa Di’, expressing unhappiness on the stupid decision to censor everything related to Punjab from the upcoming flick starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh. While some people pointed out the political reasons for the ban (the state goes to polls in 2017). Kashyap took to Twitter on Monday night to express his anger. He also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he wrote a series of tweets.
Twitterati unleashed a torrent of anger and disapproval on this move and some of them made a teasing of this move:
Twitter has no chill after Censor Board bans ‘Punjab’ from ‘Udta Punjab’!
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