The satellite telecast of ‘Udta Punjab’ has irked the Censor Board. Here’s why
Abhishek Chaubey’s anti-drug drama ‘Udta Punjab‘ that released in June this year is all set to feature on television. The movie that faced many roadblocks and hindrances with the CBFC, had bypassed the CBFC ban and got clearance from the court which helped in the release of the movie.
Now, the movie that is all set to feature on television has irked the Censor Board once again. The reason being that the movie received a clearance from the FCAT (Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal) with voluntary cuts and is going ahead with its satellite viewing without any advise from the CBFC. The Film Tribunal from the CBFC has cleared the film with a U/A certificate without any cuts. It reads, “The film has been largely sanitised by the appellant and any scenes that may have fallen foul for the purpose of satellite viewing have been deleted. After the said voluntary cuts the film may be certified as ‘U/A’ and allowed for satellite release.”
A member of the CBFC is very upset with this order and here’s what he said to an Entertainment portal. Said the member, “Films are now bypassing the censor board and are being passed by the Tribunal. The CBFC is now rendered redundant and useless. Why waste time with revamping the CBFC on the basis of the changes suggested by Shyam Benegal’s committee? Just scrap the CBFC.”