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The news of Udta Punjab being banned is doing rounds for last few days. While director Anurag Kashy...

CBFC, I&B Ministry & Political Parties Deny ‘Banning’ Udta Punjab!

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The news of Udta Punjab being banned is doing rounds for last few days. While director Anurag Kashyap(film’s co-producer) has already denied the news, looks like, the news is probably a mere rumour. Reportedly, social media went into a tizzy when  the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was said to have ‘banned’ the film.

As per a popular daily, when the film was seen by the members of the Examining Committee of CBFC, they unanimously agreed to give it an 'A’ certificate and suggested 8 cuts. Ever since Udta Punjab’s trailer has released, its explosive content, excessive use of expletives and the subject of drug abuse in Punjab has the moviegoers and a certain section of people divided on the issue

Pahlaj Nihalani, CBFC chairperson, revealed on the ongoing controversy, “We have not recommended any cuts. Yes, the Examining Committee had a few reservations and couldn’t come to a consensus on the film, because of which they suggested that the makers take the film to the Revising Committee. However, the makers decided to move to the Tribunal instead, which is absolutely their call. Our decisions at the CBFC are not based on what a certain political group has to say about a movie. There is no ban from our end. We aren’t authorised to ban a movie; we can pass it or reject it.“

Ashoke Pandit, a member of the CBFC, said, “I have no idea why the Examining Committee has asked for the cuts in the first place, considering the panel, led by Shyam Benegal, has categorically made scathing remarks against censorship.“ Ashoke adds, “But looking at it logically, I feel that these are just fabricated news based on presumptions. If the CBFC had cleared the trailer of the film that had enough gaalis and showed everything the film wanted to say , why would they ban it now? The CBFC has a system in place, which every film has to pass to be able to get certified. If the trailer that was released was honest and effective, even the film wouldn’t be compromised on.”

The film will be watched by the Appellate Tribunal Committee this week, and there is hope that they will exercise fair judgement. When BT contacted the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore, he assured that there won’t be any prejudice. “Our office is still not a party to this issue.The CBFC has recommended revisions and if the makers have any problem with the decision of the Tribunal, then we will intervene,“ he said.

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