‘Udta Punjab’, is an upcoming Bollywood film starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia bhatt and Kareena Kapoor Khan in lead roles. But the drug focused movies is in the middle of quite a controversy, The film is based on the threat of drugs in Punjab and the Censor Board has cleared Punjabi filmmaker Baljeet Singh’s upcoming film ‘Dhee Punjab Di’ with a ‘U’ certificate.
The film examines the influence of female feticide and Punjab drug epidemic. The makers of ‘Udta Punjab’ are heard to be at a constant go with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) after it allegedly recommended 89 cuts to the film. Dude that’s all the film! Since then, fortunately many known stars from the industry have strongly supported the film while demanding the removal of CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani.
Baljeet, the co-writer, producer and director of ‘Dhee Punjab Di’, scheduled to release on August 19, says that his film is not against the Punjab community.
“CBFC has cleared my film with a ‘U’ certificate. When I took my film to them for certification, they just asked me to cut one particular scene where a young boy snorts drug,” Baljeet told IANS.
“They said that ‘Your film deserves a ‘U’ certificate as drugs is a pan-India issue today and it’s not just restricted to Punjab’. These things are also happening in states like Haryana, Rajasthan and Maharashtra,” Baljeet said. “They said it won’t look good if a kid will see how a character in the film is snorting drugs. So, I chopped that scene myself,” he added.
However, Baljeet feels an
“anti-Punjabi culture” film like ‘Udta Punjab’ shouldn’t get any release date with specified cuts by the Censor Board as it shows the state in “negative limelight”. “The bad language that Shahid Kapoor has used in the film, I can’t believe how the writer could have written them. Not only in Punjab, but this type of language is against our Indian culture,”