“Udta Punjab”, which brings to the big screen Punjab’s menacing issue of drug abuse, is an “honest” portrayal of the situation, says the film’s co-producer Anurag Kashyap in response to the a reported demand by the censor board to chop out any reference to Punjab in the movie.
“There is no film more honest than ‘Udta Punjab’… And any person or party opposing it is actually guilty of promoting drugs,” Kashyap tweeted on Monday night.
His message came after the makers were reportedly asked by the censor board to make changes, altering any reference to Punjab. The decision is perhaps politically motivated and under pressure from the ruling dispensation in the state which is dealing with a festering problem of drugs.
Starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh, “Udta Punjab”, delves into how the youth there have succumbed to drugs.
Veteran actor Jeetendra, who calls himself a “proud son of Punjab”, says “Udta Punjab” — a movie co-produced by his home banner Balaji Motion Pictures — is not intended at defaming the state in any way.
On Monday, the makers of Bollywood film “Udta Punjab” are said to have been asked by the Revising Committee of the censor board to remove all references to Punjab — a decision perhaps taken under pressure from the ruling dispensation in the state which is dealing with a festering problem of drugs.
In response to this, Jeetendra’s son Tusshar Kapoor shared his father’s message with his fans.
The message read: “Jeetendra: We respect the people of Punjab and certainly would never want to hurt their sentiments. We have and will always go by whatever right advice the CBFC gives! Films are for entertainment, not for defamation and we have no such intention as I, myself, am a proud son of Punjab.”
Starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh, “Udta Punjab”, which is directed by Abhishek Chaubey, delves into how the youth in the state have succumbed to drugs.
Jointly-produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Phantom Films, “Udta Punjab” is slated to release on June 17.
Watch the official trailer here: