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‘Udta Punjab’ controversy: Filmmakers drag censor board to court

They have opposed several cuts to the movie and also sought an A certificate for the movie

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Publish Date: Jun 8 2016 4:42PM | Updated Date: Jun 8 2016 4:56PM

‘Udta Punjab’ controversy: Filmmakers drag censor board to court

Anurag Kashyap at a press conference on Wednesday. (Photo: ANI)


Filmmakers Vikas Bahl and Anurag Kashyap took  Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to court on Wednesday over the controversy over ‘ Udta Punjab’, a movie on drug menace state is facing.

In their plea to the Bombay high court, filmmakers  opposed several cuts to the movie and also sought an A certificate for film that will allow for adult viewing only and retain the film name.
As per PTI report, they have asked the court to order board’s review committee to share a copy of its report on the movie that has already spawned lot of heat even before it has been released.
With elections due in Punjab for state Assembly, controversy has led to political overtones. The Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have criticised the censor board.
 Shiromani Akali Dal, an NDA partner in power in Punjab for nine years, says the film blemishes the image of the state and its people.
Meanwhile, The Indian Films and Television Directors Association asked censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani to apologise after he accused Kashyap of taking money from the AAP to make the film.
The Association, led by president Ashoke Pandit, demanded the apology after Nihalani suggested that Kashyap might have taken money from the Aam Aadmi Party to show Punjab in poor light through his co-production.
The AAP is a major player in Punjab, which will see elections next year. 
"We condemn the statement (by Nihalani). We demand an apology as soon as possible. This is not just an insult to Kashyap but to the film industry as a whole," said Pandit, also a member of the Central Board of Film Certificate (CBFC) which Nihalani heads. 
Association members Mahesh Bhatt, Mukesh Bhatt and Zoya Akhtar apart from members of the "Udta Punjab" team -- Kashyap, Ekta Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and director Abhishek Chaubey -- addressed a conference here to discuss the censor's 89 cuts in the movie.
AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday alleged that Nihalani's charge against Kashyap proved he had acted against the film on the direction of the Bharatiya Janata Party.