We were looking forward to the film’s release this weekend, but the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has other plans. The film’s release was agonising with trouble after CBFC first implied 89 cuts, but later the Revising Committee asked for 13 cuts.
If you thought the only battle Udta Punjab was fighting with was in India, you’ve got another thing coming. The highly anticipated drug abuse film, which released on Friday, June 17, has yet to hit screens in local cinemas.
Chairman Censor Board Sindh, Fakhr Alam, told media that the film has been viewed by the Board and they have asked the distributor to make a few changes.
“We have told the distributor to delete the bad language, swear words — which are extremely explicit and in direct conflict with the law and censor code. We will [then] review to see that the compliance has been adhered to and then issue a certificate,” said the artist.
Unfortunately, the release date of the film is yet to be announced, so the wait is going to be a little longer.
Following its release in India, the film left the distributors disappointed on Day One, despite the controversy. The film has done relatively well in multi-plexes.
“The opening is just normal and I think the film will just collect about Rs.8 to 9 crores on its first day, which is below our expectation. The opening has been discouraging considering the controversy,” says Distributor Rajesh Thadani.
Thadani added: “The film has not opened well in single screens and even in multiplexes; the film has opened well just in a few pockets.”
The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for its release after it refused to block a Bombay High Court order allowing its release. The Punjab and Haryana High Court also dismissed petitions seeking a stay on it.
However, its troubles didn’t end there. The film was leaked online before its official release, with co-producer Anurag Kashyap hinting at “vested interests” behind the online leak.
Udta Punjab starring Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh in pivotal roles, tries to bring out how the high of drugs is engulfing the younger generation in the northern state of Punjab. The film is Co-Produced by Phanton Films and Balaji Motion Pictures.