The Abhishek Chaubey-directed movie, Udta Punjab, starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor Khan has created widespread controversy since its release.
Udta Punjab is a movie whose plots revolved around the burgeoning issue of drug abuse among youth in Punjab. The movie has run into controversy after Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refused to approve the film due to excessive searing and drug abuse shown in the movie.
The plot has Shahid Kapoor playing the role of Tommy Singh, a Punjabi rockstar engulfed in excessive fame and overuse of drugs. Shahid and Alia play the lead roles and Kareena appears as a supporting actress. The film also features Punjabi star Diljit Dosanjh.
Alia plays the role of a daily wager from Bihar who ends up becoming a victim of drug trafficking, whereas Kareena portrays a deglam doctor from Amritsar who wants to bust the drug racket bubble.
The movie touches the nerve of the issue that Punjab has been facing for decades and has slowly wrecked the youth of Punjab. There has been a huge debate whether the ruling political party has been in hands with goons so unable to handle the increasing rampant drug use in the state.
Former love birds Kareena and Shahid are featuring in the same movie after the year 2007 however they are not sharing the screen space.
However, the controversy came with The CBFC's decision coming a week after Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had expressed reservations over the portrayal of Punjabis in the film, which deals with the drug abuse and is scheduled for release on June 17, seven months ahead of the 2017 state assembly polls.
Anurag Kashyap who is co-producer of the film took to twitter to clarify the rumuors around the release of the film. According to him, there was never any truth in his upcoming film Udta Punjab being banned by the censor board and it was just a controversy stirred by media. “For the record,”Udta Punjab” is not banned. The examining committee has deferred the decision to Revising and due process is on. And due process takes its own time so please abstain for spreading a BAN rumour. There is nothing to speak on the subject as of now. A film is banned only when examining, revising and FCAT all three refuse certificate. And then you fight it out in Supreme Court”, said the co-producer.
The movie's trailer had drawn over 1.2 crore hits on YouTube, counted few days ago.