A film on Punjab’s drug crisis `Udta Punjab’, starring Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor, courted controversy on Thursday with the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refusing certification to it over the use of abusive dialogues.

The movie’s trailer had drawn more than 1.1 crore hits on YouTube two weeks ago. The CBFC’s decision comes a week after Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had expressed reservations over the portrayal of Punjabis in the film, which deals with the drug abuse and is scheduled for release on June 17, seven months ahead of the 2017 assembly polls.

However, it wasn’t the first time such a decision by the CBFC shocked cine fans. It has in the past asked for several cuts and deletion in films like Aligarh and Jai Gangajal. Even a kids’ film like Jungle Book wasn’t spared.

But this time, things went beyond expectations. The board gave a complete no-permit to release ‘Udta Punjab’, citing the reason that it has “excessive swearing, abusive language, and drug consumption”.

There have been enough debates in the past as to why the over-assertive CBFC needs to be scrapped or undergo a policy change. Since the past few months, it has over-explored its job of a watchdog, raising eyebrows over issue-based films, and giving a go ahead to films like ‘Kya Kool Hai Hum 3’ and ‘Mastizaade. We wonder whatever happened to the debate about “objectifying women” in such films.



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