New Delhi: The censor board on Tuesday was slammed by the political leaders on Twitter for unnecessary cuts in the film Udta Punjab. The board had asked for a whooping 89 cuts and suggested that any reference to Punjab in the movie be removed. The movie Udta Punjab is based on the issue of drugs in Punjab.
Reacting on the issue, the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that Punjab has a crippling drug problem and censoring Udta Punjab will not fix it. He said the government must accept the reality and find solutions to end the menace.
"Punjab has a crippling drug problem. Censoring Udta Punjab will not fix it. The government must accept the reality and find solutions," Rahul said.
The support poured in abundance for the film and its makers from all the corners.
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Senior Congress leader and Singer Hans Raj Hans said that it has happened for the first time in history that the political parties are influencing the entertainment industry. He said that if the movie is not given the certification, the Congress party would opt for legal recourse to facilitate its release. The Congress party has been always saying on the issue of Drug menace in Punjab, Hans Raj told a newspaper.
Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), headed by Pahlaj Nihalani, had earlier suggested 40 cuts to the film and it is believed that the cuts were motivated politically.
Another Congress leader Sanjay Jha posted, "The drug menace in Punjab is not just a state-wide issue but a national concern. UdtaPunjab gives it a cinematic expression. Period!"
The drug menace in Punjab is not just a state-wide issue but a national concern. #UdtaPunjab gives it a cinematic expression. Period!
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) June 7, 2016
However, the film's producer Anurag Kashyap requested the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and other political parties to stay out of his battle. "It's my Rights vs the Censorship. I speak only on my behalf. I request all the political parties to stay out of this battle. There is no film more honest than Udta Punjab.. And any person or party opposing it is actually guilty of promoting drugs," Kashyap said.
He, however, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into the matter.
Joining the league, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also expressed his support on Twitter and said that he completely agrees with the views of Anurag Kashyap.