- June 9, 2016
Udta Punjab is based on the debilitating drug menace in the state, an issue that both AAP and the Congress have placed at the centre of their campaigns against the Akali Dal-BJP state government in the run-up to assembly elections early next year.
Some of the biggest filmmakers from Bollywood went all out to defend the film and its co-producer Anurag Kashyap in his standoff with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on Wednesday.
Every movie has a rating system like PG, under 15, 18+ etc. So if it’s classified under those categories due to nature of language, scenes etc. it should be more than enough so that the mature audiences only can go for these movies.
Ridiculous to have 89 cuts not knowing how it will affect the overall balance of the movie. Stop moral policing India, the audience will decide what to watch and not to watch.
This brings us to the moot question – Is there freedom of expression in India? Yes, but it depends on what you are expressing. Almost everything in India now gets dragged into a political slugfest. Pahlaj’s decision has been allegedly under pressure from BJP Akali Dal alliance as claimed by AAP-Congress, however they have denied a role.
Keeping in mind the upcoming elections in Punjab and the pathetic drugs situation, alleged sheltering of mafia by relatives of first family of Punjab, the issue has taken centre stage. Every time it is the ethics vs politics, politics wins. Country be damned.
Punjab has lost a whole generation to drugs and government at centre does not even blink. Now if someone has the courage to make a movie about it, they gag him. Controversy sells and filmmakers won’t complain if they win the case in High Court! Also time for Modi Chamcha to go!