'Udta Punjab' row: Karan Johar speaks up on censorship, begs for freedom of films
When the whole film industry is standing together and protesting against CBFC's repressive 89 cuts for Abhishek Chaubey's next film, Udta Punjab, how could director- producer Karan Johar be left behind? The filmmaker has written a piece for NDTV in which he is "Begging On Bended Knee For Freedom For Films".
The sarcastic piece says that according to the Student of the Year director's therapist, he is suffering from "Censorrhoea. Also known as Censoritus."
Karan says, "Are we supposed to say that drugs aren't being consumed in parts of the country? No, no, everyone's just high on mithai. Is baby powder what's being sniffed by available and interested nostrils? Rarely do mainstream stars step out of their comfort zones to do films that reflect reality, now you're scaring away those that do. And it's back to the drawing board."
The Bombay High Court on Thursday stood by the film and asked CBFC to explain the reasons for the 89 cuts. Questioning the censor board's objection to the film's signboard, HC asked, "Has drug menace never been portrayed on celluloid? Some may be crude, while some may be artistic. How does this signboard insult anyone?"
Amul Co-operative Ltd, India's dairy ambassador, also took a humorous stand on the issue with its ad in which an Amul girl looks puzzled by a pair of scissors.
Earlier, Shyam Benegal gave a thumbs up to the film and said in an interview to IANS, "It's a well-made film. It brings to attention a very serious problem, that of drug use among young people, which can, if we are not careful, become a rampant problem. It's a laudable effort."
Many from the film fraternity have raised their voice against CBFC's proposal including actor Soha Ali Khan, director- producer Mahesh Bhatt and filmmaker Hansal Mehta.
With inputs from agencies
Published Date: Jun 09, 2016 19:45 PM | Updated Date: Jun 09, 2016 19:45 PM