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Udta what? Fresh trouble for Udta Punjab as CBFC asks removal of `Punjab' from title
Trouble does not seem to end for the upcoming Shahid Kapoor starrter Udta Punjab, a hard hitting film based on the drug abuse prevalent in the state of Punjab today.

Udta Punjab had run in to trouble earlier as the Censor Board had asked the makers to remove all cuss words from the dialogues and also recommended a few cuts. The board had refused to clear the film without cuts despite the makers agreeing for it to release with an `A' certificate.

Rumours had started erupting that the Censor Board had banned Udta Punjab and to clear the air around the ban, director Anurag Kashyap had clarified on Twitter that the film had been referred to the review committee.

The CBFC then decided to recommend 40 cuts in the film, after which Kashyap had approached the I&B Ministry to ask them to intervene.

Now, according to latest reports, on Friday the tribunal committee held a special screening of the film and verbally informed the makers to remove the word "Punjab" from the film's title and also remove all references to real cities and the state of Punjab, to make the film seem to be set in a fictional land, rather than a real state, Punjab.

In the review reportedly presided over by the Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, the panel has also recommended heavy cuts to tone down the hard hitting reality of the film.

Udta Punjab, which stars Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh along with Shahid Kapoor is scheduled to release on June 17, but the filmmakers might have to change the title to just Udta anything? To get their film released.

Punjab's ruling Akali Dal seems to be the driving force behind the Censor Board's objections, as the chief minister Prakash Singh Badal has been cornered by the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party over the growing menace of drugs in Punjab, and the assembly elections due early next year.

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