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Pakistan’s CBFC chief trumps Pahlaj Nihalani, demands 100 cuts in ‘Udta Punjab’

Pakistan’s CBFC chief trumps Pahlaj Nihalani, demands 100 cuts in ‘Udta Punjab’
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If you thought our censor board was out of their mind for suggesting 89 cuts in ‘Udta Punjab’, you’ll love this.

Pakistani censor board, on Tuesday, gave a go ahead to the release of ‘Udta Punjab’ in the neighbouring country after suggesting over 100 cuts. The cuts primarily deal with the removal of ‘anti-pakistan and objectionable’ content from the film.

“All 10-members of the CBFC have unanimously allowed ‘Udta Punjab’ to be released after editing objectionable content,” Mubashir Hasan, the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) head, told PTI.

He also added, “We have cut all derogatory and offensive words/dialogues and anti-Pakistan content from the film. More than 100 cuts, mutes, beeps have been suggested to the film’s distributor. Once he will complete the editing as per the requirement of the board, it will again be presented before it for final approval.”

Prior to the film’s release, the Pakistani censor board had declined to pass Udta Punjab for screening in the country. However, Hasan said that they later decided to give it a ‘conditional approval’.

While Hasan maintains that the board never compromises on anti-Islam, anti-Pakistan and anti-society content in a film, he agrees that ‘Udta Punjab’ doesn’t fall in that category.

The film’s distributor will be getting the content edited in Dubai for the final approval and screen the film across theatres in Pakistan this weekend.

Starring Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh, Udta Punjab released in India on June 17 and collected over Rs 33 crores in its opening weekend.

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