Pakistani censor board has given a green signal to the release of Indian movie ‘Udta Punjab’ after suggesting more than 100 cuts to remove “objectionable content” from the film, which had already run afoul with Indian censors.
“All 10-members of the CBFC have unanimously allowed ‘Udta Punjab’ to be released after editing objectionable content,” Mubashir Hasan, the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) head, told PTI. Hasan said almost every dialogue had offensive words so they asked for major cuts in the Punjab-set drug drama.
“We have cut all derogatory and offensive words/dialogues and anti-Pakistan content from the film. More than 100 cuts, mutes, beeps have been suggested to the film’s distributor. Once he will complete the editing as per the requirement of the board, it will again be presented before it for final approval,” Hasan said.
Earlier, the five-member panel of the board declined to pass ‘Udta Punjab’ for screening in Pakistan, citing objectionable content but Hasan said they later decided to give it conditional approval. “We had not banned this movie. On the appeal of the distributor the full board sat together today and gave conditional approval for its screening here,” Hasan said.
He also said the board never compromises on anti-Islam, anti-Pakistan and anti-society contents in a film and bans it forthwith.
“‘Udta Punjab’ does not fall in that category. We have asked the distributor to delete those scenes which even slightly refer to Pakistan and words like ‘786’ (which refers to Bismillah) and words ‘Maryam’. Udta Punjab is likely to be screened across Pakistan this weekend,” the distributor said.