The Censor Board suggested 89 cuts to Bollywood film, Udta Punjab, starring Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, which also includes some of the silliest ones. The film discusses about the drug menace in the Punjab state and how many lives are affected because of it.
But, the Censor Board's insensitive suggestion of cuts, led to a huge row. With the issue getting intensified by each passing day, Tollywood celebs have also extended their support to the film's team, while the entire Bollywood is coming together to fight against the censorship.
"Even though I want to be politically correct, I believe we should treat a film as a film. I'm a Punjabi and those who stay in Punjab will continue staying there and loving the state as they did before the film's release."
"And if at all there's any issue like how it's being shown in the film, we should take it in a positive stride and create awareness. Why should we maintain double standards? Movies depicting terrorism in Mumbai have been made. Does that mean people have stopped living in the city?", said Rakul in an interview, who also hails from Punjab.
"Movies are an expression of life. We need to be able to voice our right. This is ridiculous", read a tweet from Lakshmi Manchu.
"Stay strong @anuragkashyap72 Great to see the Bombay film industry rally around #UdtaPunjab in full force.Curbing of artists is disturbing!", tweeted actor Siddharth.
"Whn a bunch of medieval retro-bots stand against "realism" in flms...wht are we suppose to aspire for...? "Falsism"?? Time to catch on with "evolution" your highness!!", tweeted director Devakatta.
"It's time we ban the censor board! #UdtaPunjabCensored #UdtaPunjab", posted Kanika Dhillon, the daughter-in-law of director Raghavendra Rao.
"The Censor Board should support the film's cause and the government should find ways to resolve the drug problem. While I can't comment on the cuts, I think it's a stupid argument to suggest changing the film's title and removing any references to Punjab.
"After all, the film is based in that state and has been shot there, even the characters talk in Punjabi." ,opined Sonu Sood, a Punjabi himself.
"We alwz saw sme fringe groups frm nowhere creating prblms 4 film mkers in d past..nw govt fills up 4 dem..#UdtaPunjab..#fringegroup=BJP/SAD", tweeted actress and politician Khusboo.