More than forty cuts for Abhishek Choubey’s Udta Punjab were ordered by the Censor Board Of Film Certification(CBFC). These, according to a source, include any number of expletives abuses and cuss words, including a song which referrers to the word for the male reproductive organ that rhymes with ‘rock’.
Visuals of substance abuse were also asked to be removed.The film’s leading man Shahid Kapoor is a drug addict and shown to be consuming the hard stuff repeatedly. These scenes have been told to be removed by the CBFC.
Rather than go to the Revising Committee of the CBFC , producer Anurag Kashyap went straight to the Tribunalin the hope of a hasty clearance with nominal cuts.
In the recent past the Tribunal has cleared the strong abusive language in Mukesh Bhatt’s Love Game andPrakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal after they were told to tone down their language drastically.
Apparently Minister of Information & Broadcasting Rajyvardhan Rathore has also been approached to clearUdta Punjab with an ‘A’ certificate and without cuts .
Says a source in the know, “There is a parallel censor board now functioning from Delhi which producers, unhappy with cuts, approach. The CBFC in Mumbai is getting progressively sidelined by the so-called liberal forces in the I & B Ministry who restore almost every cut suggested by the CBFC.At this rate the CBFC might as well be scrapped.”