Scandalized by the offensive language, the sensitive Pakistan censor board has asked for a mammoth 100 cuts for the controversial drug-themed Bollywood film 'Udta Punjab' in order to release it in the country.
The film was supposed to be released simultaneously in India and Pakistan. It got a clearance from the Bombay high court with just one cut and was released on June 17. However, the Pakistan censor board has suggested the filmmakers to remove any "objectionable and anti-Pakistan" content from the film thus delaying the release.
Mubashir Hasan, the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) head, told the Press Trust of India that the all members of the board have unanimously allowed ‘Udta Punjab’ to release after necessary editing.
Hasan said, expressing great shock, almost every dialogue had swear words making it a reason for major cuts in the Punjab-set drug drama.
"We have cut all derogatory and offensive words/dialogues and anti-Pakistan content from the film. More than 100 cuts, mutes, beeps have been suggested to the film's distributor. Once he will complete the editing as per the requirement of the board, it will again be presented before it for final approval," Hasan said.
It mirrored the trouble the Abhishek Chaubey-directed movie faced with the Indian censor board which demanded 89 cuts from the movie.
Hasan also mentioned that the board never compromises on anti-Islam, anti-Pakistan and anti-society contents in a film and bans it forthwith. “'Udta Punjab' does not fall in that category. We have asked the distributor to delete those scenes which even slightly refer to Pakistan and words like '786' (which refers to Bismillah) and words 'Maryam'”, he said.
The film’s unapologetic use of abusive language, extensive drug abuse and bold display of the troubling issue has caused many hurdles in its release.
The film's distributor is likely get the content edited in Dubai in a day or two before presenting it again before the CBFC for final approval. "Udta Punjab is likely to be screened across Pakistan this weekend," the distributor said.