Shahid Kapoor’s ‘Udta Punjab’ gets ‘A’ certificate

Huge relief for the makers of ‘Udta Punjab’! After lots of hullaballoo over the film regarding its title and content, the CBFC finally granted ‘A’ certificate to the film. CBFC has asked Anurag Kashyap for 89 cuts and delete the word ‘Punjab’ from the title to get A certificate.

Following the row, Anurag Kashyap dragged the censor board to Bombay High Court. The revising committee of the CBFC has raised many objections regarding the film ranging from its title to the usage of some words. To receive 'A' certificate, such changes are to be made. CBFC asked the makers of ‘Udta Punjab’ to remove he word Punjab from the title and they further wanted names of Punjab's cities deleted and words like MLA, MLC removed.

The CBFC refused to give certificate to the film until and unless those changes are made. The film then went to the Censor Board Review Committee. The Review Committee backed the decision of CBFC's verdict.

‘Udta Punjab’ also became an issue of fight between co-producer Anurag Kashyap and CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani. The producers have now moved the Bombay High Court seeking a copy of the order of the Censor Board Review Committee report on the film. Kashyap has also appealed to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal.

Taking a dig at Pahlaj Nihalani and Censor board, Anurag Kashyap compares the present situation of India to North Korea and called Nihalani an 'oligarch'.

In a TV interview, Nihalani, accused Kashyap of taking money from the Aam Aadmi Party to malign the image of Punjab.

Anurag Kashyap tweeted, "There is no film more honest than UDTA PUNJAB .. And any person or party opposing it is actually GUILTY of promoting drugs (sic)" saw AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal saying "I completely agree", the latter received a piece of Kashyap's mind.

The issue was given a political angle.

"Please don't colour my fight with any political affiliation because there is none. I request Congress, AAP and other political parties to stay out of my battle. 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. Rest of you go pick your own fights. I will fight mine," Kashyap wrote.

Rahul Gandhi also dragged himself into the matter, "Punjab has a crippling drug problem. Censoring #UdtaPunjab will not fix it. The government must accept the reality and find solutions."