Udta Punjab is making it to the headlines ever since the Censor board released an official statement that it wants all references of Punjab to be dropped from the Abhishek Chaubey directorial. Starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh in lead roles, the story of Udta Punjab is based on the current drug menace prevailing in the Indian state of Punjab. Film maker Anurag Kashyap, who has also co-produced the film is now officially in a battle with the Censor Board as he strongly disapproves with Pahlaj Nihalani’s decision who is the present head of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
In an exclusive interview with Times Now, Kashyap opened up about how Pahlaj Nihalani the Udta Punjab controversy. “Pahlaj has an opinion. You can’t have a conversation with him. He just talks and you just have to listen. He just wants to take control of your life. He has been playing God in all the film makers’ lives and those who disagree with him are his enemies.” ALSO READ: Anurag Kashyap on Udta Punjab controversy: Bollywood needs to get rid of mediocrity or Hollywood will take over
He also referred to Nihalani has a megalomaniac. “He is an extremely egoistic man. He is like a megalomaniac trying to control everything.”
According to a survey by National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre at All India Institute Of Medical Science, opioids worth Rs 7,500 crore are consumed in Punjab every year. This clearly shows that the drug problem in Punjab is huge and people need to be awared about the radical issue. Udta Punjab throws light on the same.
The CBFC’s decision hasn’t gone down well with the netizens and ever since yesterday. Udta Punjab gives a detailed insight about the current drug abuse scenario in Punjab and all the government and Censor Board are trying to do is turn a blind eye towards the same. The film shows reality and aims to create an awareness among masses. About one-third drug abusers in Punjab take their opioid drugs through the injecting route and among them almost 90% (29% overall), use heroin, said the study. The drug addiction rate in Punjab is estimated to be 1.2 per cent, which is six times the world average. ALSO READ: ‘Udta Punjab’ or just ‘Udta’? Here is what Censor Board should have actually considered chopping off!
The study also reveals gaping holes in the state government’s measures to rehabilitate the drug addicts. It claims that while as many as 80 per cent of opioid dependent individuals have tried to give-up the habit, only about 35 per cent have received any help.
Let’s admit it, Bollywood lately has been presenting us with the most crappiest movies ever. From Nasha, Mastizaade to Kya Kool Hai Hum, Humshakals and Housefull 3; highly insensitive content is being showcased to the audience on a huge basis. Films that deal with real issues, indulge in bold language, gender taboos are usually given the ‘A’ Certificate or are banned. Why? ALSO READ: ‘Udta Nowhere’: Why Udta Punjab kind of censorship will spell doom for Indian cinema
CBFC being an independant body and it shouldn’t succumb to any political pressure. “It’s a mockery of freedom of expression of the filmmaker,” says Ashoke Pandit, who is a CBFC Member in support of Udta Punjab.