Pakistan: Controversial Indian film suffers 100 cuts before release

11 July 2016

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Indian film ‘Udta Punjab’, which already has faced a tough censorship battle in India, was released in parts of Pakistan on 24 June 2016, but only after 100 cuts were made to the film removing “objectionable and anti-Pakistan” content, reported The Indian Express on 21 and 27 June 2016.

“We have cut all derogatory and offensive words/dialogues and anti-Pakistan content from the film. More than 100 cuts, mutes, beeps have been suggested to the film’s distributor,” Central Board of Film Censors head Mubashir Hasan said.

According to the newspaper, moviegoers, upset with the cuts and beeped or muted pieces of dialogue, have turned to watching pirated copies of the original movie.

In India, earlier in June 2016, the film certification board there had ordered 94 cuts to the film, but after legal proceedings the movie survived release with just one cut. The film depicts drug use in the northern Indian state of Punjab.


» The Indian Express – 27 June 2016:
Udta Punjab releases in Pakistan against wish of producers

» The Indian Express – 21 June 2016:
Udta Punjab to release in Pakistan after 100 cuts

» The Times of India – 21 June 2016:
‘Udta Punjab’ gets ‘A’ certificate in Pakistan after deep cuts, beeps

» The Nation – 20 June 2016:
Bollywood movie ‘Udta Punjab’ banned in Pakistan

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