Why Udta Punjab is good for AAP in the poll-bound state

AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal has consistently backed Kashyap in his tweets, talking of how the 'truth of Punjab' needs to be shown to the entire country

Written by Sweta Dutta | New Delhi | Updated: July 21, 2016 5:47 pm
Udta Punjab, AAM AAdmi Party, AAP, AAP on Udta Punjab, Udta Punjab, Udta Punjab controversy, Udta Punjab anurag kashyap, shahid kapoor udta punjab, Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, CBFC, censor board, censor board on Udta Punjab, anurag kashyap latest news, Udta Punjab beyond the news The issue has also given the AAP an opportunity to renew its attack on Modi over stifling freedom of expression since the protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University in February.

Even as the Aam Aadmi Party and CBFC chief traded charges on Wednesday over the censor board’s recommendations to make cuts on Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming film Udta Punjab, few in the party could deny that the film based on rampant drug abuse in Punjab is set to give the AAP an advantage over its rivals in the state in the upcoming assembly polls slated for next year. As AAP goes to the polls with a promise to curb drug abuse, one of the main poll promises it has been making since the start of its early campaign in the state, the film by addressing the issue makes the party’s agenda look heroic.

While party leaders jumped to Kashyap’s defence and hit back at Nihalani for alleging that the co-producer had ‘taken money from AAP’ for making such a film, the timing of the film’s release is being questioned on several quarters. The party’s concerted campaign against drug abuse and its allegations of local leaders being hand-in-glove with the drug mafia, not only fit well with the film’s central theme but also takes its agenda to a nationwide audience.

AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal has consistently backed Kashyap in his tweets, talking of how the ‘truth of Punjab’ needs to be shown to the entire country and retweeted those favouring Kashyap and condemning Nihalani’s recommendation to snip parts of the film. Party leaders like Kumar Vishwas went a step forward to call Nihalani the Central government’s new Bassi (former Delhi police chief). Raghav Chadha of AAP tweeted, “Linking everything to us also shows how scared BJP + Akali are with the unprecedented support AAP is getting in Punjab.”

The issue has also given the AAP an opportunity to renew its attack on Modi over stifling freedom of expression since the protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University in February. Kejriwal yet again trained his gun at the PrimeMinister as he tweeted, “What you will eat, wear, say, watch and read will now be decided by the RSS and Modi ji. V scary (sic).”

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    IML sood
    Jun 9, 2016 at 3:51 pm
    The reporter seems to be a fan of joker party Aap,having concealed sympathy.For obvious reason it is doubted that Aap must have funded this movie just to defame the present Govt. to get foot hold in Punjab.Delhi people have learnt enough lesson by their mistake and same flop show in Punjab will ruin the border state.It is rather strange which way IE is going,are they also falling in line of bias media like NDTV,HT etc.?why to become Pressitute when fair reporting is becoming rare in this country?
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      aapia paagal
      Jun 9, 2016 at 1:16 pm
      Because delhities are free loaders, for free water electricity and wifi they gave vote to a chor
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      1. Anand Sudan
        Jun 9, 2016 at 11:29 am
        Arts should reflect the society, drug abuse is a serious threat the country faces today.But, why the film depicts it only the problem of Punjab, calling punjab by name? There were films based on under world Mafia and their nexus with the political cl, but those films have depicted it as related to a particular state, or an area. As the film attributes that it asa problem of Punjab, it prompts us to think whether there is a political agenda behind the film and arise doubt on the allegation that AAP paid money to Rahul for making the film
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        1. Anand Sudan
          Jun 9, 2016 at 11:30 am
          Arts should reflect the society, drug abuse is a serious threat the country faces today.But, why the film depicts it only the problem of Punjab, calling punjab by name? There were films based on under world Mafia and their nexus with the political cl, but those films have not depicted it as related to a particular state, or an area. As the film attributes that it asa problem of Punjab, it prompts us to think whether there is a political agenda behind the film and arise doubt on the allegation that AAP paid money to Rahul for making the film
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          1. Anand Sudan
            Jun 9, 2016 at 11:33 am
            No, political scenario in Punjab will undergo drastic change by the time polls are declared in Punjab.AAP won't win. The people of Punjab won't elect an anti national party to power. people will never commit the mistake committed by Delhites.
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