Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Udta Punjab: As CBFC orders 89 cuts, Irate Anurag Kashyap equates India with North Korea

Narada Desk | June 7, 2016 12:12 pm Print
The makers of "Udta Punjab” were asked by the Revising Committee of the censor board to remove all references to Punjab
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Bollywood Director Anurag Kashyap, who is producing one of the much awaited film of this year, Udta Punjab, finally poured his anger over the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which is demanding 89 cuts, in the soon to release film by equating India with North Korea in a tweet.

The Board had also asked to remove everything in the film that references to ‘Punjab’. Kashyap took to Twitter on Monday night to express his angst by even tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet as he wrote a series of tweets.

“I always wondered what it felt like to live in North Korea .. Ab to plane pakadney ki bhi zaroorat nahin..,” Kashyap said in a tweet.

“There is no film more honest than UDTA PUNJAB .. And any person or party opposing it is actually GUILTY of promoting drugs,” said Kashyap, in another tweet.

Questioning the board’s order, CBFC member Ashoke Pandit also wrote, “I question the intelligence of the committee which has given this judgement of removing the word ‘Punjab’ from #UdtaPunjab. #CBFC. Just wondering what were to happen if these films would release now : #MrIndia, #MumbaiMeriJaan, #DilliKaThug.

#UdtaPunjab #CBFC. Going by Nihalani’s logic, issue based classics wud’ve nvr released: #SalamBombay (Prostitution),#Bombay (Riots),#NewDelhiTimes (Corruption).”

The makers of Bollywood film “Udta Punjab” were 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.

“Udta Punjab”, a Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh starrer movie, delves into how the youth there have succumbed to drugs.

The release of the movie in a year when the state is less than nine months from assembly elections is likely to be seen as politically disastrous for the state’s ruling party, the Shrimoni Akali Dal which is a partner with the ruling-National Democratic Alliance at the centre.