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No Udta Punjab ban, but Censor Board tags it as ‘Adult’, slaps 13 cuts

Mon June 13 2016, 5:39 pm
  • Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor starrer 'Udta Punjab' has not been banned, but the Censor Board has imposed 13 cuts on the film on top of tagging it under the 'A' category. This was revealed by the Board chairman Pahlaj Nihalani - the Abhishek Chaubey-directed film, which deals with the problem of drug addiction among youth in Punjab, is tentatively scheduled for release on June 17. (Bollywood Hungama)

  • Nihalani, who was in the eye of the storm over suggesting a very large number of cuts, said nine members of the Central Board of Film Certification watched Udta Punjab and "unanimously" cleared it after the proposed 13 cuts. "We have today cleared Udta Punjab under A (restricted for adult audience) category after 13 cuts," Nihalani told reporters on the sidelines of a function here. "The CBFCs job is now over. It is now up to the producer to go to the court or tribunal. We will implement the order," Nihalani said. (Bollywood Hungama)

  • In Punjab which is set for assembly polls next year, the opposition parties had accused the ruling SAD-BJP of using influence to "censor" 'Udta Punjab'. However, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said the government had "nothing to do" with the movie and that the matter was between the producers and the Censor Board. Badal's rival and Punjab Congress Chief Amarinder Singh said he has written to producers of 'Udta Punjab', requesting them to provide him uncensored CDs of the film to release it in Amritsar on June 17. (Bollywood Hungama)

  • Meanwhile, responding to a query, Nihalani, who has been criticised by the film fraternity for his "dictatorial attitude" said, "those who call me cheap are themselves 'ghatia' (lowly)". Nihalani clarified that he never called himself as "chamcha" (sycophant) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "There is nothing wrong in admiring the Prime Minister. I never said (I am) a chamcha," he said. (Bollywood Hungama)

  • The makers of Udta Punjab, Phantom Films had approached the Bombay High Court against an order of the revising committee of CBFC that suggested certain changes in the film. A string of changes proposed included removing a signboard mentioning Punjab and other suggestions. (Bollywood Hungama)

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    Nick G.
    Jun 13, 2016 at 7:13 pm
    Now it is time to fire the self declared Modi's chamcha!!

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