The much awaited UDTA PUNJAB Directed by ace director Abhishek Chaubey, and produced by none other than Anurag Kashyap the film was much in the news the past days. The controversy was about the concept and the title of the movie. The assumptions about udta punjab were made that it could defame a prosperous state like Punjab by relating the menace of drugs particularly within the state by using the name PUNJAB in the title.
For Politics to was a golden opportunity to take flight over Udta Punjab’s take on Punjab
The movie as we all know is queued for release amidst the situation when the CM, Parkash Singh Badal, as well as the president of SAD and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal have already been at hard times and lime light with the concern about state of Punjab being defamed as the drugs hub of the country India. However the authorities have been successful in defending themselves with the help statistics and data pertaining to the national average, the state government has pointed out that states like Goa (a popular destination for vacation) see the most drugs seizures whereas Punjab is just a transit route for drugs.
After the huge controversy over the use of word punjab and defamation of the city The Revising Committee of the Central Board of Film Certification asked the makers of the film, to remove all references to Punjab from the movie except for in the title. It asked for 89 cuts, including expletives and visuals of drug abuse, among others. BUT the realtake of controversy starts from here nothing was given to producers in writing . This indeed prompted Phantom Films, producers of the movie, to move the court on June 8.
The Bombay High Court finaly announced Justice when they asked Central Board of Film Certification to give the film Udta Punjab an “A” certificate with just one cut, saying that there was no ban on Udta Punjab.
The court on other hand also asked the filmmakers to add new disclaimers to the film. The high court supported the makers of the film by saying that the film was free from intentions to defame Punjab, neither was it made with the Punjab elections in mind. Since the ball was now in court of udta punjab, the judge said that no one can interfere if creative freedom is not abused. It was also HIGHLIGHTED that the film is not encouraging any kind of drug addiction. The CBFC finally has been asked to issue an ‘A’ certificate to Udta Punjab. The film will release on June17.