Director Abhishek Choubey’s Udta Punjab has apparently run into trouble with the Central Board For Film Certification (CBFC). CBFC had not yet given a certificate to the movie and demanding to edit out most of the cuss words. The director, the producers at Phantom Films and Balaji Films, and CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani were unavailable for comment.
Interestingly, the makers of the film have asked for adult certification.
“The film is based on the drug problem in Punjab, the character played by Shahid Kapoor that of a musician is liberal with expletives. Cutting those out will take away from the story,” the production team member said.
CBFC’s sudden move has raised eyebrows as the film’s promo, which came out earlier this month, was released under adult certification without any cuts and beeps.
“It was surprising to everyone within the board that the promo didn’t have to face a serious shear and Nihalani, who has earned a reputation for his ‘sanskari’ stand, let it pass. But if that was cleared, why is there a problem with the film?” asked a CBFC member who did not wish to be named.
While various stakeholders in Udta Punjab remained unavailable for comment, sources said that the makers did not want to go to the tribunal yet and were trying to sort things out.