Mahesh Bhatt told to a leading news agency: "Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance. Is Pahlaj Nihalani listening?"
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta wrote: "What is this I'm hearing about? Makes me very, very angry. Delusion or collusion? Why is the establishment so scared of films that mirror reality? Can the truth defame a state? 'Udta Punjab' censored."
Actress Soha Ali Khan commented: "Anyone who says that drugs are not a problem in Punjab, is either unaware, complicite or has mala fide intention."
After getting the support from Bollywood, Shahid Kapoor tweeted: "Overwhelmed with all the support #UdtaPunjab #freedomofexpression #drugsdimaadi".