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If you are a movie buff, you
would have heard of the censorship issues regarding the upcoming Bollywood
feature, Udta Punjab.
If you are a politically
conscious person, you would have heard of the censorship issues regarding the
upcoming Bollywood feature, Udta Punjab.
If you are a rationally thinking
person, you would have heard of the censorship issues regarding the upcoming
Bollywood feature, Udta Punjab.
In short, if you are someone who
breathes and lives on the planet Earth, you would have a heard of the
censorship issues regarding the upcoming Bollywood feature, Udta Punjab. For
such is the magnitude of double standards and apolitical agenda adopted by the
First, let us be politically
1.CBFC is not Censor Board. It stands for Central
Board of Film Certification.
2.The Board has not banned Udta Punjab.
Wait, if the movie is not banned, why raise all this
hullaballoo over it?
Let’s get the story out. Udta
Punjab, directed by Abhishek Chaubey and starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and
Kareena Kapoor Khan, was submitted for certification about a fortnight ahead of
its slated release date, June 10. The Board members, who bats no eye while
giving green signals to absolutely sexist lyrics of the songs of Yo Yo Honey
Singh (The Punjab feature stands out!) or other songs glorifying booze and
stuff (Choot, Yaariyaan, The Shaukeens – see what I am talking about?), wanted
40 cuts if the movie had to be cleared for release!!!
Obviously, the makers were not
impressed by that decision, and they approached the revising panel hoping to
find logic. (Logic? Bah, humbug!) The panel revised the number of required cuts
from a condemnable 40 to an atrocious 89, which included the entire sequence of
the already hit song Chitta Ve and all references to Punjab.
Ladies, gentlemen and CBFC
members – hear this out. A movie is made on the rising instances of substance
abuse among youths in the state of Punjab, and the authorities want to take out
all references to Punjab. The fact that assembly elections are due in Punjab
the next year and the government would face backlash if the film reaches the masses
is pure coincidence.
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Well, if the film could be released after the specified cuts,
why are the makers refusing to comply?
Let us put it this way. You visit
Biriyani Hut, because the place is famous for biriyanis, and hey! Who doesn’t
love biriyanis? You order beef biriyani. The chef prepares beef biriyani. The
waiter is about to deliver the beef biriyani. That’s when the food inspector
appears out of nowhere and asks the restaurant manager not to mention beef on
the menu (You know why.) Hapless, the manager tells you that they are out of
beef, but have instead prepared dragon biryani (You are about to point out that
dragons are fictional – but then you remember the Khaleesi).
The case with Udta Punjab is only
worse, because your renamed dragon biryani would still taste the same, but any
single cut on the realistically made Udta Punjab would amount to murder of the
film, according to the film’s producer Anurag Kashyap.
Before we sign off, do watch this video made by the president of the CBFC. Even though the intention was to create a sense of pride and skewed notion of nationalism, the 6 minute long video is strongly advised for a really good laugh! This is the work of a person who decides what kind of films should be made and viewed by the intelligent citizens of the nation!
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