Bollywood is furious with the nation’s edit board, once more. While on-screen characters and movie producers have denounced the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for requesting the evacuation of any reference to Punjab in “Udta Punjab” – an anticipated film on the medication issue of the state – its co-maker Anurag Kashyap has said the circumstance is as tyrannical as living in North Korea.
The CBFC – led by the BJP-named Pahlaj Nihalani – is said to have allegedly requested a change of the story with upwards of 89 cuts. The creators were obviously even requested that drop ‘Punjab’, and recommended that the film be set in an imaginary setting rather than a specific state.
Responding to this, Kashyap remarked on Twitter: “There is no film more legit than ‘Udta Punjab’… What’s more, any individual or gathering contradicting it is really blameworthy of advancing medications”. He then tackled Nihalani, calling him a “tyrannical man”, who works “like an oligarch”, conveying the North Korea feel to India.
“I generally pondered what it felt like to live in North Korea… Stomach muscle to plane pakadney ki bhi zaroorat nahin (Now I don’t have to get a plane),” Kashyap tweeted, implying the authoritarian administration in North Korea.
The CBFC’s interest for changes in the Abhishek Chaubey directorial is prone to have been made under weight from the decision Akali Dal-BJP coalition in Punjab, where the degree of the substance misuse is set by a few overviews at more than 70 for each penny of the state’s 2.8 crore populace.
Also, the arrival of the motion picture when the state is under nine months from the gathering decisions is prone to be seen as politically unfortunate for the state’s decision party.
The contention around the film additionally took a political turn when Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal tweeted “I totally concur” to Kashyap’s tweet on his film being a “legitimate” representation.
Indeed, even Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi turn out in backing of the film organization, tweeting on his official Twitter handle Office of RG: “Punjab has an injuring drug issue. Blue penciling #UdtaPunjab won’t settle it. The administration must acknowledge the truth and discover arrangements.”
In any case, Kashyap asked for “Congress, AAP and other political gatherings to stay out of my fight”….
It’s my Rights vs the Censorship. I speak only on my behalf… It’s my fight Vs a dictatorial man sitting there operating like an oligarch in his constituency of censor board, that’s my North Korea.”
Kashyap also said that his fight was not political. “Please don’t colour my fight with any political affiliation because there is none.”
“Udta Punjab”, which Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films has co-produced with Balaji Motion Pictures, stars an ensemble cast of actors like Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh. Slated to release on June 17, it dwells on how the youth of Punjab have succumbed to drugs.
The industry at large supported the makers.
Veteran actor Jeetendra of Balaji Motion Pictures, who calls himself a “proud son of Punjab”, asserted that the film is not made to defame the state.
Sharing his father’s message with twitterati, Tusshar Kapoor wrote: “Jeetendra: We respect the people of Punjab and certainly would never want to hurt their sentiments. We have and will always go by whatever right advice the CBFC gives! Films are for entertainment, not for defamation and we have no such intention as I, myself, am a proud son of Punjab.”
Bollywood celebrities like Mahesh Bhatt, Hansal Mehta and Karan Johar also slammed the CBFC for its unwarranted diktat.
“Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance. Is Pahlaj Nihalani listening,” Bhatt wrote.
A “very, very angry” Mehta questioned, “Why is the establishment so scared of films that mirror reality? Can the truth defame a state?”
Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani said: “I guess the next step will be to submit scripts for censorship. ‘Udta Punjab’ censored.”
Actress Soha Ali Khan commented: “Anyone who says that drugs are not a problem in Punjab, is either unaware, complicite or has mala fide intention.”
Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur opined, “Apparently the Indian censor board believes there is no drug problem amongst the youth of Punjab………
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