WEB DESK: Udta Punjab – the drug themed film – have been in news for its controversial story, it’s tough fight with censor board in India and then it was leaked online before its release. All this has made the film caught more hike in public.
It was being heard that Udta Punjab will not be released in Pakistan, but here is the good news that it will be in Pakistani cinemas soon.
The date of its release in Pakistan has yet to be decided. It has been said that the film has been granted ‘A rating’, albeit with cuts and mutes on curse and references to the country.
Mobashir Hasan, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) told media, “All the foul languages, including swearing at and derogatory words, remarks have been muted along with certain excisions of scenes. The movie has been granted ‘A’ rating.”
He also said that references to Pakistan “have been excised”.
“Scenes which even subtly refer to Pakistan, 786, words ‘Maryam kee seerat’ and all the foul language and such words have been excised, muted and beeped.”
The Sindh Board of Film Certification, which works independent of the CBFC, is yet to grant a release certificate to the movie.
“We have asked a local distributor and importer to mute all abusive language as that is a direct violation of the existing censor code, and a few cuts. The film will be certified soon and hopefully released soon,” said Fakhr-e-Alam, chairperson of the Sindh censor board.
Udta Punjab is a hard-hitting but entertaining message-based drama, features power-packed performances by Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh.
“It’s powerful cinema,” Alam said, adding: “Alia Bhatt has just set the bar too high for all the leading ladies.”