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Censor trouble stalls ‘Udta Punjab’ release

The film, directed by Abhishek Chaubey of Ishqiya fame, has been co-produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Phantom Films. Besides Kapoor and Bhatt, it stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Punjabi actor Diljit Dosanjh and is slated to release on 17 June.Premium
The film, directed by Abhishek Chaubey of Ishqiya fame, has been co-produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Phantom Films. Besides Kapoor and Bhatt, it stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Punjabi actor Diljit Dosanjh and is slated to release on 17 June.

The film, based on the subject of drug abuse in Punjab, has failed to receive a clearance from the censor board because of 'excessive swearing' in the movie, according to media reports

New Delhi: Hours after the release of a new song on Thursday, Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt-starrer Udta Punjab was back in the news- this time for trouble with the censors, media reports said.

The film, based on the subject of drug abuse in Punjab, has failed to receive a clearance from the censor board because of “excessive swearing" in the movie, according to NDTV news channel and The Times of India website.

The examining committee refused to clear the movie also on account of scenes showing drug consumption, the reports sauid.

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, one of the producers, has decided to directly approach the ministry of information and broadcasting for a resolution, abandoning the usual route of going to the Revising Committee or Tribunal, they said.

Kashyap has argued that the expletive-laden content is integral to the plot of the movie.

The film, directed by Abhishek Chaubey of Ishqiya fame, has been co-produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Phantom Films. Besides Kapoor and Bhatt, it stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Punjabi actor Diljit Dosanjh and is slated to release on 17 June.

Representatives of the Udta Punjab production team were unavailable for comment.

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