'Doobta Punjab'? Twitterati outrage as Censor Board cuts Udta Punjab's wings

Jun 07, 2016, 13:50 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Reports that the Censor Board Revising Committee has asked makers of 'Udta Punjab' to drop 'Punjab' from the title has sparked outrage on social media! Here's what they have to say...

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.

Shahid Kapoor in a still from 'Udta Punjab'
Shahid Kapoor in a still from 'Udta Punjab'

"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.

Earlier, there was buzz that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had refused a release certificate for the Abhishek Chaubey directed movie, but later the makers had clarified that no ban was imposed on it. On Monday, reports emerged that the Revising Committee of the CBFC has asked the makers to make 89 cuts.

Political Angle?

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.

It is believed the CBFC's decision is politically motivated, but the Akali Dal never officially sought a ban on "Udta Punjab". Senior leaders in the party were feeling uncomfortable with the way the drug abuse problem of Punjab was being projected and could harm the political interests of the Akalis in assembly polls in February next year.

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Studies done by various agencies and organisations in recent years have indicated that substance abuse, including drugs, is rampant across Punjab, especially in rural areas. The extent of the substance abuse is put by some surveys at over 70 per cent out of Punjab's 2.8 crore population.

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