The controversy going on between the makers of ‘Udta Punjab’ and the Censor Board has reached its peak. Recently Anurag Kashyap, the producer of ‘Udta Punjab’ has expressed his dissent very clearly against CBFC. It all started after the review committee’s screening, CBFC asked the makers to cut 89 scenes from the film and remove any references to the state of Punjab. However, after the film’s makers moved Bombay High Court on June 8, the CBFC had a sudden change of heart and brought the list of cuts down to 13.
Here’s the list of all the cuts demanded by Censor Board for Udta Punjab, after giving it an ‘A’ certification:
1. Change first disclaimer to an audio or video and read it as – ‘The film focuses on the rising menace of drugs and war against drugs and is an attempt to show ill-effects of drugs on today’s youth and the social fabric. We acknowledge the battle against drugs being fought by the government and the police. But this battle cannot be won unless the people of India unite against the menace.
2. Delete sign of Board of Punjab in the beginning.
3. Delete references to Punjab, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Tarantaran, Jashanpura, Ambesar, Ludhiana and Molga from all background and dialogues.
4. Delete two words from song one – ‘Chiitave’ and ‘H*r*mi’.
5. Delete ‘tom di c*ck jevhe chitti chitti c*ck’ and ‘c*ock’ in the entire song.
6. Remove all all cuss words from the movie – bh***c**d, c**d, t*tt*, chusa hua aam and others.
7. Delete the word ‘election’, ‘MP’, ‘party’, ‘MLA’, ‘Punjab’ and ‘Parliament’.
8. Delete visuals of Sardar scratching/itching from song no three.
9. Delete close-up shots of injecting drugs from the entire film.
10. Delete the shot of Tommy urinating in front of the crowd.
11. Delete the line ‘Jamin Banzar te Aulad Kanjar’.
12. Change the name of the dog from ‘Jackie Chan’.
13. Second disclaimer of fiction to be increased according to audio/video.
The list asks for deletion of all the city names and the state name, Punjab, from wherever it comes in the film.
This includes Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Moga and all other city names from the film.