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Explained: The noise surrounding the Udta Punjab controversy

A breakdown of the entire controversy surrounding the film and how it has progressed over the past few days

Movie poster of Udta Punjab
Movie poster of Udta Punjab

The debate around film censorship in India metastasized on Tuesday the producers of Udta Punjab, a film based on drug abuse in the state, was asked to make 89 cuts and remove all references to the state, including in the title. Anurag Kashyap, whose production house Phantom has co-produced the film, took to Twitter to criticise what he called the ‘dictatorial’ policies of the Censor Board. Kashyap, in a series of tweets, attacked CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani’s policies to decide a film’s certification. In fact, one of his tweets was also addressed directly to ...