The Censor Board Bans Udta Punjab. Let’s Celebrate The End Of Rationality In India.

The Censor Board Bans Udta Punjab. Let’s Celebrate The End Of Rationality In India.

The Censor Board is known for passing films like Mastizaade, Kya Kool Hai Hum 1, 2, 3, Jism 1,2,3, Murder 1,2,3. And it is also known for waking up occasionally to sexism and censoring songs like ‘Sexy, Sexy, Sexy mujhe log bole’, cuss words from Bollywood films, kissing scenes from Bond films.

Image source: The Telegraph
Image source: The Telegraph

Our Censor board truly has the most amazing book of guidelines for ‘censoring’ films, and when they gave the Jungle Book a U/A certification, because children are just so prone to heart attacks on watching jumping animals on the screen, we could just wince and watch as Indian censorship got vaguer by the day. One Night Stand of Sunny Leone’s released without cuts, but Bond’s kisses are way too raunchy for Indians.

Not that I mean to say that films like One Night Stand shouldn’t be shown. But there is a limit to banning films that center on social issues, and instead releasing films where women are objectified to a large extent.

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Image source: woodsdeck

So, dear Indians, don’t be surprised at the Udta Punjab ban by the Censor Board. I am sure most of you have already read about the Film Board’s decision to not release Udta Punjab, and the reason they have given is that the film has too many cuss words.

The Censor Board Bans Udta Punjab. Let’s Celebrate The End Of Rationality In India. The Censor Board Bans Udta Punjab. Let’s Celebrate The End Of Rationality In India.

What’s interesting in this case, however, is that this order came a week after the Shiromani Akali Dal’s reservation over the movie, that apparently showed Punjabis in a ‘bad’ light.

Here’s why the film’s release is important. And why I am supremely angry at the Censor board this time.

2.32 lakh people are addicted to drugs in Punjab. That is roughly 1.2% of Punjab’s population. But there are 8.6 lakh people who have used drugs at least once in their lifetime in the state. That’s 4.5% of the population. In a state where there are just 1.9 crore people, 8.6 lakh is a massive number. And, it’s growing.

The biggest vice of the youth in Punjab is drugs right now, and as much as politicians try to underplay it, that fact is not going to change. Punjab Deputy CM, Sukhbir Singh Badal, a member of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the notorious Badal family, had claimed in February 2016 that only 0.06% of Punjab’s population is addicted to drugs. But, if this is that trivial a matter, then why stop the release of a film showing the issue?

Image source: allindiaroundupSukhbir Singh Badal. Image source: allindiaroundupM

Films are meant to showcase the life of humans, it’s an art form to help connect people to each other, discover their emotions. But, unfortunately, in this country, that seems like a lost cause. According to a report in The Hindu, 73.5% of all drug addicts in Punjab fall in the 16-40 age group itself. But this issue has never been brought forth to the national sphere, primarily because it affects solely Punjab. And it is killing the state.

Image source: Tehelka
Image source: Tehelka

A report in DNA claimed that three members of the Censor board had suggested only a few cuts in the film, but the fourth member dug in his heels, demanding a much higher number of cuts. Despite efforts of the regional officer to reach a solution, the four stuck to their stand. The makers of the film have moved to a tribunal to resolve the issue, that will decide whether the film will be released or should be banned.

The film’s hero, Diljit Dosanjh himself expressed regret at the fact that his home state Punjab didn’t make the film, but it was instead made by Bollywood. Looks like running away from reality and escaping the need to tackle core issues that affect the state of the nation is the new ‘in’.

Image source: Zee News
Image source: Zee News

Punjab has its state election next year and the Akali Dal is up against AAP, a party that wants to make use of the drugs issue to win over the state. Release of a film like Udta Punjab will only bring the issue more into the spotlight.

Let’s celebrate the dumbing down of the Censor Board in India, because Teletubbies is now sinister and women objectification is a trend setter. Good bye rationality, hello politically motivated decisions ready to kill art.

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Source : Beingindian