Anurag Kashyap moves Bombay High Court over 'Udta Punjab' row with CBFC

FP Staff

Jun 08, 2016 14:14:39 IST

Mumbai: After the revising committee of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) recommended 89 cuts for Udta Punjab, Anurag Kashyap and the other producers of the film have approached Bombay High Court to review the decision.

The storm started after the board purportedly raised certain objections and asked the filmmakers to make 40 cuts in the film, owing to explicit language and drug consumption. When the film was taken to the revising committee for revision they went a step further and sought 89 cuts.

Speaking to Economic Times, CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani defended the Board's stand and said, "The film shows 70% of the people in the state consume drugs. The movie puts entire Punjab in bad light. Nearly 98% of the movie is in Punjabi and based entirely in Punjab. It is not a Hindi film at all."

Kashyap now has even criticised the government, saying it was wrong to politically colour his fight with CBFC over censorship issue.

The Gangs of Wasseypur maker slammed the alleged "paid" trolls projecting him as an agent of Congress and AAP.

Kashyap said he had been working closely with Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore before the controversy.

Upset with the censor board committee's recommendations, Kashyap had tweeted yesterday,

To which Rathore had said, "Do you think you are living in North Korea? We can have a vote here, it is a democracy."

(With inputs from PTI)

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Updated Date: Jun 08, 2016 14:14:39 IST