Allegedly under pressure from Akali Dal, Censor Board will issue certificate to Udta Punjab if film is not set in state


Under pressure from the ruling Akali Dal, the Censor Board has reportedly suggested the makers of Shahid Kapoor starrer Udta Punjab to be set in a fictional land rather than the northern Indian state.

A report by news agency ANI, the Censor Board doesn’t want the movie to be set in Punjab.

The film, which stars Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor Khan among others, was refused a certificate by the Censor Board. The makers then moved the Revising Committee, which has reportedly given even harsher suggestions to the makers, in order to obtain the certificate.

According to reports, the committee wants the film to be set in a fictional land rather than in Punjab and is demanding a lot of cuts, which are against the “reality” of the movie.

Strangely, the Reviewing Committeehas described the film, which explores the growing menace of drugs in Punjab, defamatory to the state.

Akali Dal, in the past, had objected to the movie as the state is scheduled to go for elections next year. The ruling BJP-Akali Dal combine have received plenty of flak for the increasingly growing menace of drugs in the state.

The film is co-produced by Phantom Films and Balaji Motion Pictures. The movie, which is scheduled to be released on 17 June, had its first track out last week.




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