The last couple of weeks have not been without much drama for Bollywood film ‘Udta Punjab’ and its makers. After emerging victorious with a single cut, ‘Udta Punjab’ released on Friday to an anxious audience.
Even as the film released, Pahlaj Nihalani,CBFC chairman, who ordered 13 cuts for the film – the total of which came out to be 89 cuts – congratulated the filmmakers and wished them success.
“Want to congratulate makers and cast of the film. I hope it goes on to be a huge success,” he told news agency ANI.
Although congratulatory, the comments of the censor board chief seem jarring considering the ongoing war between the film fraternity and the CBFC. The certificate given to the film has ‘passed by Hon’ble High Court, Mumbai’ stamped on it, hinting at the displeasure and the non-involvement of the CBFC.
Controversy did not leave the film as on Wednesday, it was leaked online, with over 700 websites hosting it. Interestingly, the copy of the film leaked online came with a ‘for censor board’ water mark.
While Nihalani denied allegations that the board may have leaked it, the film fraternity came out strongly in support of Anurag Kashyap, who also wrote an emotional post on Facebook asking the audience to wait for the pirated copies until after the film has released.
Nihalani’s comments today seem to be an attempt to douse the ongoing fire. But if the CBFC continues to function as the ‘censor board’, this war may not be dying out very soon.
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