So, after a lot of hullabaloo, the censor board has cleared the drug-themed Bollywood film ‘Udta Punjab’ with 13 cuts under the ‘A’ category, its chairman Pahlaj Nihalani said on Sunday.
The movie courted a major controversy after it ran into trouble with the CFBC, with officials reportedly demanding 89 cuts in it and the removal of the word ‘Punjab’ from the title.
Mr Nihalani, who was in the eye of the storm over suggesting a very large number of cuts, said nine members of the Central Board of Film Certification watched the film and “unanimously” cleared it after the proposed 13 cuts.
“Today, the film has been passed with ‘A’ certificate. The claim of producer to remove the title of the film by board is false. We never asked for its removal. But he said so in front of the media to gain publicity. All these reports are false,” said Nihalani.
“The board recommended 13 cuts in the film, which are valid. All the words under those 13 cuts have been removed and the film has been passed,” added Nihalani.
The Bombay High Court had last week slammed the CBFC for unjust censorship and said the body was meant to certify films and not censor them.
The CBFCs job is now over. It is now up to the producer to go to the court or tribunal. We will implement the order,” Mr Nihalani said.
Meanwhile, responding to a query, Mr Nihalani, who has been criticised by the film fraternity for his “dictatorial attitude” said, “those call me cheap are themselves ‘ghatia’ (lowly)”.