The censor board's reservations against the film 'Udta Punjab' has reached it's boiling point. An enraged Anurag Kashyap, one of the producers, called for a press conference last night in Bombay.
"I don't think that removing Punjab from Udta Punjab title is acceptable to any of us. They have asked us to remove the city names, they have asked us to remove MLA, MLC. All these things are told to us in person. He's not putting it on paper. The moment he puts those things on paper, we have the option to go on a trial," said Kashyap.
Filmmakers including Karan Johar and Mahesh Bhatt among others have criticised Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for opposing the content and title of upcoming film Udta Punjab. Other industry big-wigs reacted in the following way:
Power is the most dangerous addiction of all & someone in the CBFC seems to be tripping hard on Lassi in the Sky with Diamonds. #UdtaPunjab
Nt a movie buff bt if #UdtaPunjab showing rightly whats happening in punjab what's wrong with it then ? We want our punjab drug free state
#UdtaPunjab speaks of the reality of our times....censoring reality amounts to delusion.....the fraternity has to stand by what's right!!
When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar,you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say. #UdtaPunjab
U know a lot of people in our fraternity speak up for other causes, it's time we stood up for our own. #UdtaPunjab deserves a proper release
" Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance". Is Pahalaj Nihalani listening ?
However, is this all smoke and no fire? The industry, known for it's unified front, might be able to collectively raise a voice against tampering with reality and creativity. This is because it, ultimately, threatens honest cinema being produced in the future.