Pakistani censors Board demand 100 cuts in bollywood movie Udta Punjab
22/06/2016

 

Pakistan’s censors today gave the green signal to Udta Punjab after recommending more than 100 cuts to remove “objectionable and anti-Pakistan” content from the film, which had already run afoul of Indian censors.

“All 10 members of the CBFC have unanimously allowed Udta Punjab to be released after editing objectionable content,” Mubashir Hasan, the Central Board of Film Censors head, told PTI.

Hasan said almost every dialogue had offensive words so they asked for major cuts in the Punjab-centred drug drama.

“We have cut all derogatory and offensive words/dialogues and anti-Pakistan content. More than 100 cuts, mutes, beeps have been suggested to the film’s distributor. Once he completes the editing as per the requirement of the board, it will again be presented for final approval,” Hasan said.

 

 

The Abhishek Chaubey-directed movie, starring Bollywood A-listers Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Punjabi star Diljit Dosanjh, had run into trouble with the Indian film certification board which demanded 89 cuts in the movie.

The producers then moved the Bombay High Court against the board to get their film cleared for its release on June 17, with support from Bollywood. The court passed the movie with just one cut and a revised disclaimer.

Earlier, the five—member panel of the board declined to pass Udta Punjab for screening in Pakistan, citing objectionable content but Hasan said they later decided to give it conditional approval.

“We had not banned this movie. On the appeal of the distributor the full board sat together today and gave conditional approval,” Hasan said.

He said the board never compromised on anti-Islam, anti-Pakistan and anti-society content in a film and normally banned it.

Udta Punjab does not fall in that category. We have asked the distributor to delete those scenes which even slightly refer to Pakistan and words like ‘786’ (which refers to Bismillah) and ‘Maryam’.”

The film’s distributor is likely get the content edited in Dubai in a day or two before presenting it before the CBFC again.

Udta Punjab is likely to be screened across Pakistan this weekend,” the distributor said