Ace filmmaker Subhash Ghai has become a fan of “Udta Punjab”, a film which revolves around the drug menace in the Indian city of Punjab. He congratulated the director, Abhishek Chaubey, for the film.
The filmmaker, who has given cinematic gems like “Karz”, “Ram Lakhan”, “Khalnayak” and “Pardes”, also shared that the film has put the focus on a “national burning issue”.
“Watched ‘Udta Punjab’, it’s a real tribute to national burning issue and cause ‘Say No To Drugs’. Well made Abhishek Choubey. Congrats,” he said.“Udta Punjab” was in news after the censor board suggested that the makers alter the movie by 89 cuts. Later, it went to the Revising Committe, which brought it down to 13 cuts. However, the Bombay High Court later gave the drug-themed movie a green signal for release after making just one cut and inserting three disclaimers.
The bone of contention for the CBFC was that “Udta Punjab” was showcasing Punjab in a poor light, with a highlight on its festering problem of drugs.
Then two days before release the film was leaked online. As per multiple online platforms which had snapshots from the leaked copy, one could say it was a copy of the film submitted to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) as it also featured some scenes which the censor board had objected to.
There were also reports that the leaked copy had a run-time of two hours 20 minutes. When contacted, a representative of the movie’s makers, told IANS: “No comments.”