The Shahid Kapoor starrer, Udta Punjab, has run into a fresh bout of trouble with the Central Board of Film Certification. As Scroll has reported, the producers of Bollywood film are likely to move court against the Revising Committee of Central Board of Film Certification ruling that has allegedly asked them to remove all references to Punjab from the film, except for in the title.The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal has objected to the film's depiction the state's drug problem.
Last month, the CBFC had refused to give its approval to the film. This forced director Abhishek Chaubey and producers Phantom Films and Balaji Telefilms to approach the second level appeal, the Examining Committee. This committee has allegedly demanded close to 89 cuts of expletives and anything that links the movie to Punjab. None of this is in writing, which is why the filmmakers are likely to approach the Bombay High Court.
With the Punjab assembly elections less than nine months away, the release of the movie could spell into political trouble for the state's ruling party, the Shrimoni Akali Dal which is a partner with the ruling-National Democratic Alliance at the centre.
Jumping into the fray, director Ram Gopal Varma tweeted, "For what it actually represents Udta Punjab Is diminutive.. A more truthful and righteous title would be Udta India or Udta World."Also starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh, Udta Punjab is expected to release on June 17.
Twitter users did not take kindly to the news.