Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor starer`Udta Punjab’ runs into trouble with CBFC

The much-talked flick by Anurag Kashyap about Punjab’s drug crisis, “Udta Punjab” has run into trouble with the Central Board of Film Certification which has denied a certificate because of an excess of abusive language. The movie which stars former lovebirds has also drawn flak from the ruling Akali Dal party for the negative portrayal of state’s youth.

The film rushes brought over 1.1 crore hits on youtube two weeks ago. A spokesman for CBFC has said that it is about certain expletives and nothing more for which the censor certificate has been withheld. The producers have the option to go to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). It is not clear if the certification has been put on hold due to the controversial subject of the motion picture.

The flick was scheduled for release on June 17. Some skeptics say the motion picture has been stopped due to political reasons as polls are due next year. The producer can appeal against the decision, but he is worried if a portion of the movie will be cut leading to problems in continuity.

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The burning drug problem in the predominantly agricultural state is a fact which cannot be wished away. It was featured in Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas’ music video recently, and the political overtones were visible as much as the social message.

Both Congress and AAP have taken up the emotive issue of drug abuse which has taken the center stage in the poll-bound state. A member of the ruling party has expressed concern over the message of the flick.

The motion film stars the former Complain boy, Shahid, who plays a foul-mouthed rock star who is an addict. On being questioned Minister of State Rajya Vardhan Rathore refused to comment.

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