Rohit Shetty said that the Censor Board has cannot suggest the makers of Udta Punjab to remove Punjab and other words from the film, until any political party or organisation sends to them a letter conveying their objections.
“It’s become a lot, the problem with Udta Punjab. For some things I feel that there was no need at all – like removing Punjab, can’t say ministers, MLC, and you can’t take names of certain places… it is not fair.”
“The rule states that Censor Board should react only after a political party or an organisation raises objection. Has anyone sent them any letter? Without the letter they don’t have the right to remove Punjab from the title. Will the producer and director release it as Udta?” says Rohit
Rohit, who is the director of movies like Golmaal series, All The Best and Dilwale, was there at the World No Tobacco Day 2016 for the Cancer Patients Aid Association.
Udta Punjab has been at loggerheads with the Censor Board after the latter suggested a number of cuts to the film.
When it was asked to Rohit that why films highlighting issues like the drug menace in a state had to face opposition from numerous quarters, he answered, “The problem is that no one knows what the problem is. If you see, Anurag (Kashyap), Ekta (Kapoor), all are questioning the Censor Board.”
“The team who made the film and those who invested money in the film, what they might be going through I can understand as a producer and a director. The movie was supposed to release on Friday and according to the rules if they don’t get the certificate by tomorrow (Sunday) or a day after, they won’t be able to release the film.”
A number of producers from the industry came together to raise their voice against the issue in a press conference, even asking for the removal of Central Board of Film Certification Chief Pahlaj Nihalani.
Rohit said “It has always been happening with us now. The industry needs to come together and solve this problem once and for all. It will take time; gradually people have started raising their voice and people are being heard,”