Karan Johar, Kangana & Kabir Khan Come Together for Udta Punjab

Bollywood comes together to defend ‘Udta Punjab’

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Karan Johar, Kangana Ranaut, Kabir Khan ( Photo: Twitter)

The makers of the film Udta Punjab have been getting a lot of flak for ruining the image of a happy Punjab with the subject of their film. On one hand, the makers are having a painful time, but the silver lining in all of this happens to be the fact that the film fraternity is coming together to support the film and the issues everyone faces with the CBFC.

Kabir Khan in an interview with a news channel recently revealed how he faced the brutal reality of Punjab when he was shooting for his film, Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

We all know to what extent the drug problems exist in Punjab. I was shooting last year in border areas of Punjab for Bajrangi Bhaijaan and everybody there was only talking about it. We saw people, we saw families who were suffering with this problem. And now if a film is trying to highlight and put focus on this problem then how is it negatively portraying people? If any film is talking about it then it’s actually going to help highlight the problem and it will help people to galvanise and try fight this problem. I mean, are we ostriches that we dig a hole, put our head into it and pretend that nobody is seeing us? It’s a genuine problem and it needs to be addressed.
Kabir Khan, Filmmaker

We also saw Kangana Ranaut supporting the cause as she shared an incident about Queen, which ran into trouble because the film showed the close-up of a bra.

Our director was furious about it. We are artistes... we see props as they are. A woman’s bra is not a danger to the society
Kangana Ranaut, Actor

Taking the issue forward, Karan Johar who is very vocal about addressing all issues that need to be addressed took onto the role of a guest writer with NDTV and wrote an open letter confessing that he recently has been suffering from a disease called Censorrhoea also known as Censoritus.

So yes, I’m deeply stressed as a filmmaker, and I know I’m not alone. Because I realize that the filmmaker next door is suffering. The censorship crisis, the moral policing, the politics of it has most of us on edge. Punjab is apparently off limits. And to that I can only say: hahahaha, what on earth is happening?! It’s a place I love and I’m Punjabi and now, should I not be talking about Punjab myself?
Karan Johar, Filmmaker

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