Bollywood stands for ‘Udta Punjab’: Here’s what Aamir, Big B tweet

Bollywood stood by the side of ‘Udta Punjab’ and the entire team in the battle against censor board. Censor board has asked for 89 cuts in the film including the title. They want the word ‘Punjab’ to be omitted from the title.

On Wednesday, Mr Kashyap called for a press conference. Satish Kaushik, Shahid Kapoor, Mahesh Bhatt, Imtiaz Ali, Ekta Kapoor and many film fraternities took part in the conference putting stress on freedom of expression and slammed censor board and Pahlaj Nihalani.

Here’s what Aamir Khan said in the fight against censor board:-

Speaking to the press in Mumbai, Aamir Khan said, "This kind of thing reflects very badly on the CBFC. It's a social film which talks about the drug addiction issue of Punjab's youth. It has a good social message. I don't think there's anything that should be cut or not shown to the audience. It's very important that filmmakers have a voice which is not throttled. In any society, the voice of the artiste should be free to speak what he wants to speak. I think the makers of the film are going to the FCAT (Film Certification Appellate Tribunal) in two, three days. My best wishes to the team that it gets justice at the Tribunal."

Amitabh Bachchan replied diplomatically, "I am not quite aware of what the issue is. I have been reading about it. All I can say is that don't try and kill creativity. If you kill creativity, you kill the soul and that is all that we (artistes) have. That would be detrimental. I know that there are rules and regulations. That's something that the government has to decide. But as an artiste and a creative person, all I can say is that don't kill creativity. It is unfortunate that there is going to be a delay that they have to fight their way through the High Court. In the past, my films were denied release and we had to go to higher authorities. Eventually, creativity won. But yes, delay was something that one had to cope with."

Shyam Benegal, who heads the government-appointed revamp panel of the Central Board of Film Certification, said: "If you ask me technically, it's a very well-made film."

On Thursday he told news agency ANI:

#Its an important film, it brings to the fore a very big problem: Shyam Benegal on #UdtaPunjab

#Its an important film, it brings to the fore a very big problem: Shyam Benegal on #UdtaPunjab

#You cannot think that everything will fit in the same set of rules, films are not made in a factory: Shyam Benegal #UdtaPunjab

Shekhar Kapur tweeted#If u truly believe in ur film then u must be willing to fight to the end. We did with Bandit Queen all the way to Supreme Court #UdtaPunjab

Karan Johar tweeted#he was "suffering the side effects of a relatively new affliction called Censorrhoea. Also known as Censoritus. And it might be about to become an epidemic."

He explained: "I'm deeply stressed as a filmmaker, and I know I'm not alone. The censorship crisis, the moral policing, the politics of it has most of us on edge. I'm scared to use certain words: like if I use "Bombay", will there be a problem?... And now, Punjab is apparently off limits."

Mahesh Bhatt: The year is 2016, we have a globally connected population. All the talk of growth and progress is poppycock if the freedom of our founding fathers is taken away. Do you want to turn India into Saudi Arabia?

Zoya Akhtar: There are many things which are made which offend me by how they portray women. But I cannot stop them. I can choose not to buy the ticket. Udta Punjab needs to release, denying a problem does not help it.

Imtiaz Ali: Anything that attacks the freedom of speaking is frustrating...we don't need to tolerate it unnecessarily.

Mr Kashyap strongly condemned Censor Board on Twitter:

#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

#So after taking a hard stand with censorship the trolls are out there creating diversion from the issue with blatant lies and accusations. Since I can not put up this post on Twitter am writing it here. I have had run ins with censor many times. First was Paanch which everyone still believes was banned by censors. The truth is the film was cleared by revising committee after a few cuts and two disclaimers, and the same version , the cleared one is available on the net. Black ..