‘Udta Punjab’ just can’t seem to catch a break. At first, there were reports that the film was going to be banned by the Central Board for Film Certification because of its storyline. Starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh, it appears to be an exposé and a commentary on the thriving drug culture in Punjab.
Expletives aside, the film reveals a dark reality that the state of Punjab has been facing for years, with more than 70% of the youth in the state being addicted to drugs. With elections coming up, ‘Udta Punjab’ obviously puts the reputation of the current state government (led by Akali Dal’s Prakash Singh Badal) at great risk.
According to some reports, the Censor Board has made 89 cuts in the film, and now even wants all references to the state dropped from the film, including the title. The producers of the film, Phantom and Balaji, are now planning to take the Censor Board to court regarding this verdict. They have taken a joint decision to fight it out till the end, even if it means delaying the film’s release.
The film industry, as well as audiences, are clearly pissed off at the ridiculous demands of the Censor Board and are taking to social media to express their anger at the blatant suppression of free speech and ‘censoring of reality’.
A few samples to show that Twitter is buzzing loud (and angry).
The film’s producer is visibly angry (and has a point).
The director of ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ predicts a scary future.
The director of ‘Aligarh’ speaks from experience.
Can’t fight the reality.
“The joke is on us.”
Who’s to blame?
Damn, this hurt.
Any other alternatives for ‘Punjab’, anyone?
MP saab has a point.
Are you listening, Censor Board?
Knock knock, Mr Nihalani.
This is hilarious.