After Co producer of Udta Punjab Anurag Kashyap drew the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a tweet, twitterati today has taken the controversy to a new dimension.
The trollers have dig up an old tweet of the Prime Minister about art and restrictions on it and reminded him about the Udta Punjab episodes.
Art can’t have any restrictions or limits: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 13, 2016
By widely sharing his old tweet “Art can’t have any restrictions or limits,” twitterati asked him whether the ‘art’ mentioned in the above tweet should be in favour of BJP and NDA. He had tweeted it on February this year, while he was inaugurating a new building of Bombay Art Society.
— Peters Peter (@sabupeters) June 7, 2016
— Swachh Politics (@SwachhPolitics) June 7, 2016
Earlier the day, social media was filled with criticism on censor board for directing to cut 89 scenes from the movie including removal of the word “ Punjab” from the movie and its name. The producers of the movie have also claimed that the censor board’s move was politically motivated and the BJP government in Punjab is scared of truths coming out.
The movie, directed by Abhishek Chaubey, spotlights the drug abuse issue in Punjab.
The producer of the movie Anurag Kashyap, who is known for being outspoken, on Tuesday went on a Twitter rant to hit out at Pahlaj Nihalani for his dictatorial ways. However, when his quest to slam the workings of the Central Board of Film Certification started getting support from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal and Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi, Kashyap clarified that he had no “political affiliation” and that this his own “battle”.
He said he has locked horns with the Central Board of Film Certification in the past too.
“Fight with censors has always been there… There was more faith now that was unfounded,” he said, mentioning that he had fought the system for his films “Paanch” and “Black Friday”.
“I have fought the UPA more on censorship issues than the NDA. But you know what, there was no Nihalani then…,” he said, adding that there are “paid trolls” on Twitter which are “trying to make me look like an agent of congress or AAP”.
Kashyap said he has been closely working with the information and broadcasting ministry and the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore “on the censorship issues”
“Udta Punjab” is co-produced by Kashyap’s Phantom Films with Balaji Motion Pictures. It stars Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh.