Udta Punjab di maa di phuddi

 It’s no secret that the release of Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab is mired in political controversy. Merely nine months away from the Assembly Elections, the release of the film may pose as an issue for the state’s ruling party, the Shrimoni Akali Dal as the film tackles the drug menace in the state.

The Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) has now held back the film’s certification, demanding 89 cuts in total and removal of any references to the state of Punjab, politics or elections, in general.

The CBFC has initially cited 40 cuts in the film, owning to explicit language and drug consumption.

Following this, Phantom Films approached the tribunal with the hope that by giving an ‘A’ certificate to the film, the cuts won’t be recommended.

However, according to this Quint report, the revising committee went one step further and asked for the use of ‘Punjab’ in the title to be removed, and recommended 89 cuts.

They also want the film to be set in a fictional land rather than a real state. Reportedly, Pahlaj Nihalani has a problem with the “portrayal of reality in the film.”

Political connections

The Akali Dal is a member of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance at the Centre, and they are said to have a problem with how the film portrays Punjab.

 

In this Times of India report, a source from the CBFC has countered this claim, by saying “We have just held back the certification. The film producers have the option to move Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). It is only about certain expletives and nothing more.”

Udta Punjab makers to sue CBFC

In order for the filmmakers to approach the next level of certification, which is Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), they will need a list of suggestions from the revising committee, which they have not received, reports Scroll.

It is now learnt that the producers are all set to move the Bombay High Court against CBFC’s verdict on Udta Punjab. Phantom and Balaji Motion Pictures (co-producers on the film) have reportedly decided to fight for the release, even at the risk of it being postponed. There is a good chance Udta Punjab will not see its initial release of 17 June.

 

 

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It’s no secret that the release of Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab is mired in political controversy. Merely nine months away from the Assembly Elections, the release of the film may pose as an issue for the state’s ruling party, the Shrimoni Akali Dal as the film tackles the drug menace in the state.

 

The Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) has now held back the film’s certification, demanding 89 cuts in total and removal of any references to the state of Punjab, politics or elections, in general.

The CBFC has initially cited 40 cuts in the film, owning to explicit language and drug consumption.

 

Following this, Phantom Films approached the tribunal with the hope that by giving an ‘A’ certificate to the film, the cuts won’t be recommended.

 

However, according to this Quint report, the revising committee went one step further and asked for the use of ‘Punjab’ in the title to be removed, and recommended 89 cuts.

 

They also want the film to be set in a fictional land rather than a real state. Reportedly, Pahlaj Nihalani has a problem with the “portrayal of reality in the film.”

 

Political connections

 

The Akali Dal is a member of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance at the Centre, and they are said to have a problem with how the film portrays Punjab.

 

In this Times of India report, a source from the CBFC has countered this claim, by saying “We have just held back the certification. The film producers have the option to move Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). It is only about certain expletives and nothing more.”

 

Udta Punjab makers to sue CBFC

 

In order for the filmmakers to approach the next level of certification, which is Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), they will need a list of suggestions from the revising committee, which they have not received, reports Scroll.

 

It is now learnt that the producers are all set to move the Bombay High Court against CBFC’s verdict on Udta Punjab. Phantom and Balaji Motion Pictures (co-producers on the film) have reportedly decided to fight for the release, even at the risk of it being postponed. There is a good chance Udta Punjab will not see its initial release of 17 June.

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