Why social media exploded on Censor Board’s suggestion to remove Punjab from Udta Punjab

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Udta Punjab has continued to be a topic of intense discussion all throughout Monday, particularly on social media.

The Censor Board headed by the loyalists and sympathisers of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed their disgust on the film being centred around the menace of drugs in Punjab, a state ruled by BJP-Akali Dal combine.

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

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Strangely, the Reviewing Committee 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. They clearly don’t want any more adverse publicity against them in the period leading up to the elections.

The social media was abuzz with discussion around the movie on Monday with #UdtaPunjabCensored becoming the top Twitter trend. The dominating theme of the Twitter conversation was of criticism for the Censor Board and ridicule for the ruling party at the centre, which was responsible for appointing new members there after it came to power in May 2014.

Here are some reactions.

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