With 10 days left for its release, Shahid Kapoor-starrer 'Udta Punjab' has courted controversy again after the censor board purportedly raised certain objections regarding references to Punjab following which the film may have to go through some changes.
The movie, slated to be released on June 17, also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh and is produced by Anurag Kashyaps Phantom Films and Ekta Kapoor-led Balaji Films.
According to sources close to the production houses, the makers of the Punjab-set drama, which deals with drug abuse in the state are contemplating making changes in the names of locations following an exhibition before a Revising Committee of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
"The makers are planning to introduce a fictitious place in the film instead of Punjab," one of the sources said.
Sources in the CBFC said the Revising Committee of which its chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani was a part of, and had viewed the movie but did not disclose the decision of the panel.
"The movie was reviewed by the Revising Committee recently," a source said but emphasised that "no show cause notice has been given to the filmmakers."
Repeated attempts to contact Nihalani did not materialise.
However, the social media was abuzz with comments related to the movie, with many suggesting name of alternative titles.
Censor board team who watched Udta Punjab😅 pic.twitter.com/hqDpRQd0Dn— Mask (@LootPadiHai) June 6, 2016
After 50 cuts & change in name Udta Punjab will be left with a National Anthem, documentary of gutkha Mukesh, a sanskrit shloka & 'The End'— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) June 6, 2016
Udta Punjab should be renamed to A movie has no name.— pnkj (@AskThePankazzzz) June 6, 2016
They should release the movie Udta Punjab on Snapchat.— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) June 6, 2016
Censor has asked for 89 cuts in #UdtaPunjab, all they allowed is 'balle bale makke di roti, haddipa bhangra pao ji'. That's real Punjab. No?— Rofl Gan*** (@RoflGandhi_) June 6, 2016
Udta Punjab spoilers - the censor board.— Tanvi (@sinpulsive) June 6, 2016
After 89 cuts by the Censor board, Udta Punjab is now UP.— Sting Ray (@Purba_Ray) June 6, 2016
Censor board decides that 'Udta Punjab' can't mention the name Punjab. Since the movie is about getting high, call it Udta Pahlaj maybe?— Mihir Bijur (@MihirBijur) June 6, 2016
Film on drug culture. Censor. Film on homosexuality. Censor. Film on Kashmir. Censor. No wonder we get Housefull sequels #UdtaPunjabCensored— Sneha Mahale (@randomcards) June 7, 2016
Some of the reports and comments also linked the issue to the assembly elections in Punjab, which are due next year. In the past, 'Udta Punjab' had courted controversy after there were rumours that it was banned by the Censor Board.