Actor Diljit Dosanjh says he decided to be a part of “Udta Punjab” because he felt nothing in the movie was defamatory and the Punjabi star thinks director Abhishek Chaubey’s good intention will come across to the audience as well.
Diljit, a renowned name in Punjabi cinema courtesy hits like “Jatt and Juliet” series and “Sardaarji”, is making his Bollywood debut with the movie, which faced censorship issues.
The censor board demanded multiple cuts in the film but the producers decided to move the Bombay High Court, which cleared the movie with just one cut and a revised disclaimer.
“When I was narrated the script, I found their intention right. I never felt that they were trying to show something wrong. Now that the High Court has given the judgement so I don’t even need to make a comment on it. I just feel the film’s intention is good and a nice story,” Diljit told PTI in an interview.
“People should watch and then judge. After watching it if they say, ‘We didn’t like this’ or ‘It doesn’t show things in good light’ then the producers are going nowhere you can get hold of them,” the actor said.
The “Udta Punjab” controversy has given a new lease of life to the ongoing debate of censorship and certification. Celebrities like Aamir Khan, Karan Johar and Mahesh Bhatt have said that CBFC should certify films not censor them.
When asked about it, Diljit said, “I think that’s what (to certify instead of censoring) is their job.”
The movie has been given ‘A’ certificate and the actor said that adults are capable of taking decisions and will watch the film if they want to.
“The movie has got an ‘A’ certificate. So, obviously only people above that age limit can watch and I think adults can decide what they want to watch. There is no age limit online.
“Anyone can watch it anything… In the end, everyone is responsible for his/her own actions. The good intention and hard work with which the film has been made will be there for all to see once it releases.”
It’s a double treat for Diljit’s fans this month as a week after “Udta Punjab”, his Punjabi movie “Sardaarji 2” will arrive in theatres.
The actor, who was in the capital for a promotional event of the movie, will be seen in a double avatar in the sequel to the 2015 hit “Sardaarji”.
It also stars Sonam Bajwa and Monica Gill in lead roles.