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It's like living in North Korea: Anurag Kashyap on Udta Punjab censorship

DECCAN CHRONICLE / PTI
Published Jun 7, 2016, 11:01 am IST
Updated Jun 7, 2016, 1:08 pm IST
Anurag expressed his angst on his social networking handle, said that there was no sense of freedom in the country.
Anurag's tweet came after the Censor Board raised certain objections regarding references to Punjab.
 Anurag's tweet came after the Censor Board raised certain objections regarding references to Punjab.

Anurag Kashyap, one of the producers of ‘Udta Punjab’, has compared the ongoing censorship regarding his upcoming film to the dictator regime of North Korea. The ‘Bombay Velvet’ director expressed his angst on his social networking handle, saying that there was no sense of freedom.

"I always wondered what it felt like to live in North Korea... Ab to plane pakadney ki bhi zaroorat nahin...," he posted on Twitter.

 

The 43-year-old filmmaker's tweet came after the Censor Board had purportedly raised certain objections regarding references to Punjab following which the movie may have to go through some changes.

Apart from asking to take Punjab out of the film’s title, the board has asked the makers to make 89 cuts in the film for it to release with an A rating.  

‘Udta Punjab’, starring Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor
Khan, Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh in a pivotal role, deals with the substance abuse in Northen part of the state and its effects on the youth.

"There is no film more honest than UDTA PUNJAB... And any person or party opposing it is actually GUILTY of promoting drugs," Kashyap added.

The director later chose to clarify his statement, saying it was the censor board and the 'dictatorial man' sitting at the head, which felt like North Korea to him.

Anurag also asked all political parties including the National Congress Party and the AAP, to step back as he felt this was his personal fight against the board and that he didn't want them 'colouring' it with any 'political affiliation'.

The Bollywood film fraternity also tok to their social media handles last evening to rally behind 'Udta Punjab'. Filmmakers Mahesh Bhatt, Karan Johar, Hansal Mehta stepped up to vehemently criticise the board for their actions.

 

Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the 'Udta Punjab' is slated to release on June 17.

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