Udta Punjab row: Producers demand CBFC chief’s ouster

RSTV Bureau
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File photo of CBFC chief, Pahlaj Nihalani.

Indian Film and Television Director’s association has backed Producer Anurag Kashyap in his face off with the Central Board of Film Certification. Members of the Directors asked for the removal of the head of Censor board Pahlaj Nihalani for ‘obstructing’ freedom of speech and expression.

“Demand that Pahlaj Nihalani apologize for his statement on Anurag Kashyap taking money from AAP,insult to entire film industry,” said Director Ashok Pandit

Producer’s guild president Mukesh Bhatt too echoed similar sentiments.

“I appeal to the Ministry to remove Pahlaj Nihalani, he doesn’t deserve to be the CBFC chief,” said Mukesh Bhatt

The Censor board chief on Wednesday dismissed allegations that he was under any political pressure from the Punjab government over the release of “Udta Punjab”.

“Picture has been passed but with certain cuts, there is no politics in CBFC,” said Pahlaj Nihalani.

Taking a potshot at Kashyap, Nihalani claimed he has heard that the filmmaker had taken money from Aam Aadmi Party to show Punjab in bad light.

“I’ve heard Anurag Kashyap has taken money from AAP to show Punjab in bad light,” Nihalani claimed.

Witnessing the escalating row over film ‘Udta Punjab’, the Information and Broadcasting ministry officials asserted that the certification process is independent and even court verdicts have made it clear that the government does not have much role in it.

“Filmmakers can approach the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) in case they are not satisfied with the decisions of CBFC. Court guidelines also make it clear that in such matters it is not for the I&B ministry to take matters in its own hands,” an official said when contacte

Meanwhile, producers of the movie moved Bombay High Court seeking a copy of the order of Censor Board Review Committee report on the film.

The petition said that producers have not yet been given a copy of the order by the government or the Censor Board and that unless they had a copy of the order in hand, how could they proceed in the matter to undertake the amendments purportedly suggested by the Committee on May 3.

File photo of film Director  Anurag Kashyap.

File photo of film Director Anurag Kashyap.

The makers of the film are said to have been asked by the Revising Committee of the Censor Board to remove all references to Punjab and to make 89 cuts. The movie is slated for release on June 17.

The Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh starrer movie that delves into how the youth in Punjab have succumbed to drugs, also unleashed political sparring, prompting Kashyap to ask parties to stay away from the censorship row. Punjab goes to polls next year.

Producers dare CBFC after it suggested cuts to Udta Punjab

Indian Film and Television Director’s association has backed Producer Anurag Kashyap in his face off with the Central Board of Film Certification. Members of the Directors asked for the removal of the head of Censor board Pahlaj Nihalani for ‘obstructing’ freedom of speech and expression.

“Demand that Pahlaj Nihalani apologize for his statement on Anurag Kashyap taking money from AAP,insult to entire film industry,” said Director Ashok Pandit

Producer’s guild president Mukesh Bhatt too echoed similar sentiments.

“I appeal to the Ministry to remove Pahlaj Nihalani, he doesn’t deserve to be the CBFC chief,” said Mukesh Bhatt

The Censor board chief on Wednesday dismissed allegations that he was under any political pressure from the Punjab government over the release of “Udta Punjab”.

“Picture has been passed but with certain cuts, there is no politics in CBFC,” said Pahlaj Nihalani.

Taking a potshot at Kashyap, Nihalani claimed he has heard that the filmmaker had taken money from Aam Aadmi Party to show Punjab in bad light.

“I’ve heard Anurag Kashyap has taken money from AAP to show Punjab in bad light,” Nihalani claimed.

Witnessing the escalating row over film ‘Udta Punjab’, the Information and Broadcasting ministry officials asserted that the certification process is independent and even court verdicts have made it clear that the government does not have much role in it.

“Filmmakers can approach the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) in case they are not satisfied with the decisions of CBFC. Court guidelines also make it clear that in such matters it is not for the I&B ministry to take matters in its own hands,” an official said when contacte

Meanwhile, producers of the movie moved Bombay High Court seeking a copy of the order of Censor Board Review Committee report on the film.

The petition said that producers have not yet been given a copy of the order by the government or the Censor Board and that unless they had a copy of the order in hand, how could they proceed in the matter to undertake the amendments purportedly suggested by the Committee on May 3.

The makers of the film are said to have been asked by the Revising Committee of the Censor Board to remove all references to Punjab and to make 89 cuts. The movie is slated for release on June 17.

The Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh starrer movie that delves into how the youth in Punjab have succumbed to drugs, also unleashed political sparring, prompting Kashyap to ask parties to stay away from the censorship row. Punjab goes to polls next year.