‘Udta Punjab’ set to release in Pakistan after ‘100 cuts’

After a rocking performance in India, ‘Udta Punjab’ is all set to release in Pakistan. The Pakistan censor board has given green signal to ‘Udta Punjab’ release but with more than 100 cuts. Based on the burning issue of drug in Punjab, the movie also faced serious hurdle in India with Indian censor board objecting the release of the film if the makers do not make the necessary changes. Finally, after a big tussle between film fraternities and censor board, ‘Udta Punjab’ saw the light of the day in India.  

"All the foul language, including swearing at and derogatory words, remarks have been muted along with certain excisions of scenes. The movie has been granted 'A' rating by the Full Board of CBFC (Central Board of Film Censors)," Mobashir Hasan, chairperson, CBFC, told IANS from Islamabad in response to queries through social media.

Hasan said almost every dialogue had offensive words so they asked for major cuts in the film.

“We have cut all derogatory and offensive words/dialogues and anti-Pakistan content from the film. More than 100 cuts, mutes, beeps have been suggested to the film’s distributor. Once he will complete the editing as per the requirement of the board, it will again be presented before it for final approval,” Hasan said.

He also said that references to Pakistan "have been excised". Hasan added: "Scenes which even subtly refer to Pakistan, word '786', words 'Maryam kee seerat' and all the foul language and such words have been excised, muted and beeped." A well-placed source in the neighbouring country's film distribution market told IANS that about eight minutes of "basically abusive language" have been cut. However, a release date is yet to be fixed.

The story revolves around drug abuse in the affluent North Indian state of Punjab and how the youth there have succumbed to it en masse resulting in a socio-economic decline. Shahid Kapoor plays a youth icon and music star who intakes high dosage of drugs; Alia, plays a Bihari woman who falls in the trap of drug peddlers; Kareena, a doctor who tries to eradicate the drug menace from the society; and Diljit, a police officer who fight against the social evil.