AAP sleader , Comedian turned Politician, and Punjabi film artist Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi said though the CBFC officials were saying the movie was being blocked for excessive swearing in the ‘Udta Punjab’ but the real reason behind the ban is completely political.
Ghuggi said Udta Punjab is about excessive drug abuse problem in punjab. Just a week ago Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had expressed reservation over the portrayal of Punjabis in the film.
“Since SAD is an alliance partner of the Narendra Modi led BJP government at the centre so the Akalis must have exercised their influence over banning the Udta Punjab movie. Otherwise the film director Abhishek Chaubey was even ready to screen the movie with an A certification if the CBFC felt there was an excessive swearing in the movie”, said Ghuggi.
Ghuggi said apparently, makers have the option of appealing to a tribunal but insiders believe that makers will have “to contend with a few cuts.” At the same time, reports suggest that the censor board has taken a call to stall the film due to the fact that the state of Punjab is going to hold elections next year.
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