Weird yet true...
Anurag Kashyap had lavished praises on CBFC when they let the trailer of Udta Punjab release without any cuts. He had written on Twitter, "Pleasantly surprised and thankful to the CBFC for seeing the Udta Punjab trailer in the context and clearing it without a single cut. Big one. Having cursed the CBFC always for there overzealous attitude ,must credit them where it’s due. Thank you Mr Nihalani,hoping it continues." But guess he was happy a little too soon. We have EXCLUSIVELY found out that the tribunal viewing the film has asked the makers to drop Punjab from Udta Punjab.
We told you before how CBFC levied 40 cuts on the film which prompted Anurag Kashyap to request the tribunal and I&B minister to intervene. Now we have details about what Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) felt about the film. A source close to the production house informed us that "A screening for the tribunal was held last Friday. They watched the film and once done, told everyone that they will send their recommendations through a letter on Monday. But they verbally informed the director that they want the word Punjab dropped from the title. Not only that they also want the makers to remove any reference of the state in the film or cities thereof."
The source also added that they clearly want to push the release to avoid any political backlash. "It is obviously politically motivated," said the source.
We tried getting in touch with Balaji Motion Pictures, but didn't get any response.
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