‘Udta Punjab’ gets ‘A’ certificate in Pakistan after deep cuts, beeps

New Delhi, June 21:  Bollywood’s drug-themed movie “Udta Punjab”, which braved a tough battle for release in India, will now see the light of the day in Pakistan, albeit with cuts — and mutes on expletives and references to the country.

“All the foul language, including swearing at and derogatory words, remarks have been muted along with certain excisions of scenes. The movie has been granted ‘A’ rating by the Full Board of CBFC (Central Board of Film Censors),” Mobashir Hasan, chairperson, CBFC.

He also said that references to Pakistan “have been excised”.

Hasan added: “Scenes which even subtly refer to Pakistan, word ‘786’, words ‘Maryam kee seerat’ and all the foul language and such words have been excised, muted and beeped.”

A well-placed source in the neighboring country’s film distribution market revealed that about eight minutes of “basically abusive language” have been cut. However, a release date is yet to be fixed.

Meanwhile, the Sindh Board of Film Certification, which works independent of the CBFC, is yet to grant a release certificate to the movie.

The movie got a favorable response in India for its anti-drug message and also for its strong performances. It made Rs 38.30 crore in four days of its release.

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