Censor board strips Udta Punjab of its essence UNDER THE SCANNER, WHO'S HOT The Central Board of Film Certification has asked the producers of ‘Udta Punjab’ to remove all references to Punjab, politics and elections from the film. It has refused to clear it for release unless the “excessive swearing” is cut from the dialogues. Further, the word‘Punjab’ is banned from the title as censor board chief Pankaj Nihalani wants it to be set in a fictional land. Slated to release on June 17, the Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer is drawing a lot of flak from the censor board. The film is an Indian crime thriller based on drug abuse in Punjab. It is written and directed by Abhishek Chaubey. The film was given to the Revising Committee as the censor board refused to clear it for certification. The censor board wanted all the abuse language to be edited before release. Now, however, the new committee is insisting that the representation of Punjab, the political narrative and any reference to elections be edited. Punjab, which is going through a severe drug crisis, is going topolls in 2017. A major topic being discussed ahead of the assembly elections is drug abuse by the youth of the state. Right now, the producers of the film are left with ‘Udta Nowhere’, as they have not reached a consensus with the censor board.