Udta Punjab is in the centre of a swirling controversy with the Central Board Of Film Certification over its depiction of the drug problem in Punjab. The makers of the film have now moved to Bombay High Court.
According to reports, the Board’s Revising Committee has asked for a staggering 89 cuts in the film and asked to drop references to ‘Punjab’ in the film.
In an interview with Economic Times, CBFC Chairman Pahlaj Nihalani asserted that the film “cannot be cleared the way it is” because it shows the entire state and its people “in a bad light” — it violates the section of the Cinematograph Act He further said: “There is no pressure on us. They can go to the tribunal or court now. Our only concern is the entire movie is completely based on Punjab. All the characters are negative. It will hurt the whole community.”
However, the makers of the film — Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures Pvt Ltd and Phantom Films claim that they haven’t received anything in writing from the RC specifically. So they have decided to approach Bombay HC to resolve this dispute makes sense.
Udta Punjab, directed by Abhishek Chaubey, stars Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, and Diljit Dosanjh.