New Delhi: Amidst the raging ‘Udta Punjab’ row, the Information and Broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that the certification norms for movies should be liberal and that ‘radical changes’ will be announced over the next few days.
“I won’t say it is overboard. I don’t know this case because I have not seen this film in question,” Jaitley said. This is the FM’s first comment on the ‘Udta Punjab’ row that was sparked by cuts sought by Central Board of Film Certification or CBFC.
He added, “There is a well-documented report by Shyam Benegal, the first part which has come to me which is under consideration. Over the next few days we are going to announce some very radical changes in that.”
In an interview to CNN TV18, Arun Jaitley said, “You will probably have a system where you will have to have a certificate. The correct word is certification and not censorship. Certification norms will have to be liberal.”
Udta Punjab, which presents the inebriating effects of drugs in the state of Punjab, is slated to release on June 17. As per the CBFC, ‘Udta Punjab’ needs several cuts on the ground that it casts the state in a bad light by giving an impression that most of them are addicts.