Udta Punjab Controversy: Bollywood criticizes Censor Board

Jun 07, 2016

Udta Punjab v/s Central Board controversy intensifies, co-producer Anurag Kashyap calls CBFC Chairman Pahlaj Nihalani as Dictator

The unrest amid the Bollywood and India’s Censor Board has yet again come in front over the issue of upcoming movie Udta Punjab. Udta Punjab’s co-producer Anurag Kashyap and the Bollywood fraternity has condemned Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for their demands to remove the reference of Punjab from the movie Udta Punjab.

Apparently CBFC has also demanded whooping 89 cuts in Udta Punjab along with the removal of the state name from its title.

This has increased the fury amid bollywood fraternity and Anurag Kashyap has taken the battle to social networking site Twitter.

Udta Punjab is slated to release on 17th June and is co-produced by Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films and Balaji Motion Pictures. The star cast of Udta Punjab consists of Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhat, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh. The story line of Udta Punjab revolves around the Punjab youth getting surrendered to the drug usage.

Tweeting about the controversy Anurag Kashyap has mentioned “There is no film honest more than Udta Punjab. And any person or party opposing it is actually guilty of promoting drugs.” Kashyap further called Pahlaj Nihalani (CBFC Chairman) as “dictatorial man”. Kashyap later added that “I always wondered what it felt like to live in Norh Korea…ab to plane pakadney ki bhi zaroorat nahin (no need to catch a plane).”

Apparently few political parties have tweeted in Anurag’s support, however, Anurag has strictly called Udta Punjab controversy as his battle and has asked the political parties to stay away from it. Anurag Kashyap refused to turn the controversy in to Political controversy.

Talking about CBFC’s suggested cuts, Producer – Director Mahesh Bhatt has tweeted that “Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance. Is Pahlaj Nihalani listening”

Director Nikhil Advani stated “I guess the next step will be to submit scripts for censorship. ‘Udta Punjab’ censored”

Udta Punjab has been directed by Abhishek Chaubey.

Stay tuned to know more updates on Udta Punjab controversy.


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