Mumbai: ‘Udta Punjab’ and the controversy ‘flying’ around it, is getting more and more tortuous. With Bollywood fraternity voicing support for Anurag Kashyap and his movie, the political class is viewing this from a completely different angle.
Union Minister of State for IB, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Tuesday said that the filmmakers can approach the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), if they are unsatisfied with the decision.
“The film is now under the reviewing committee and if someone is dissatisfied, they can approach the FCAT of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) headed by a retired justice, which is entirely a different body,” Rathore told the media here.
Responding to Rathore’s suggestion, Anurag Kashyap, who is up in arms against the Censor Board, said that Pahlaj Nihalani, head of the CBFC, had only verbally voiced his objections and had not provided anything in writing. He said that he had not received any official letter mentioning the objections to Udta Punjab, and it is due to this that they would be unable to approach the appellate tribunal.
Kashyap also added that the move of objecting to his movie is not politically motivated as he has been backed by Vivek Agnihotri and Ashok Pandit who are Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters.
Lashing out at Pahlaj Nihalani, Kashyap said Nihalani is behaving like a dictator who wants everything under his control.