The battle between the CBFC and Phantom Films regarding the censorship in Udta Punjab has reached the High Court now. While the matter will be heard today, newspapers like Mumbai Mirror and the Indian Express have got a list of the cuts the Censor Board wants, despite giving the movie an A rating –
1) Remove or mute all references to Punjab from the film, including its title, dialogues, and a close-up shot of a signboard.
2) Remove references to names of cities like Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Ludhiana and Moga from all the dialogues.
3) Include a disclaimer at the start of the film that reads: “The film focuses on the rising menace of drugs and the war against drugs and is an attempt to show the ill-effects of drugs on today’s youth and social fabric. We acknowledge the battle against drugs being fought by the government and the police. But this battle can’t be won unless the people of India unite against the menace.”
4) Cut close-up shots of characters injecting themselves with drugs.
5) Cut dialogue in which a dog is referred to as “Jacky Chain”.
6) Remove these words from the film: election, MP, party, MLA, parliament, harami.
7) Cut visuals of Shahid Kapoor urinating and a “sardar scratching his side”.
Make the movie into a GIF basically.