New Delhi, June 6: It’s confirmed! Udta Punjab movie makers will have to drop ‘Punjab’ from the title as Censor Board has banned the reference of ‘Punjab’ from title ‘Udta Punjab’. What’s more disturbing is that the Censor Board has also banned all references to the state of Punjab. It is being reported that the Reviewing Committee wants the film to be set in a fictional land rather than in Punjab and is demanding a lot of cuts, which are against the “reality” of the movie. Strangely, the Reviewing Committee is taking a view that the flick, which is based on the growing drug addiction among the youth, is defamatory to Punjab. ALSO READ: Udta Punjab: Film makers asked to drop ‘Punjab’ from the title?

It has been almost a week since there has been a debate going on about the tile of the Shahid Kapoor starrer and now the Censor Board has eventually succumbed to political pressure.

Supporting the ongoing censor issue, which got political as the Censor Board doesn’t want the movie to be set in Punjab, director Ram Gopal Varma took to his Twitter handle this morning to say that the movie should be titled “Udta India or Udta World,” instead of ‘Udta Punjab.’ “For what it actually represents Udta Punjab Is diminutive.. .A more truthful and righteous title would be Udta India or Udta World,” he tweeted.

Earlier also, the ruling party in Punjab, Akali Dal, had objected to the movie. Sources close to the censors indicate towards political pressure being put in the wake of Punjab elections slated to happen early next year.  ALSO READ: Udta Punjab music review: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt starrer bags the ‘trippiest’ music album award of the year

Co-produced by Phantom Films and Balaji Motion Pictures, Udta Punjab, a highly talked about movie that is being keenly anticipated by a large section of youth, also stars Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Punjabi singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh.

It is slated to release on 17th June 2016.