Amid ‘Udta Punjab’ Row, ‘Radical Changes’ in CBFC to Be Announced

Arun Jaitley has spoken about the cuts in ‘Udta Punjab’ for the first time. 

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Arun Jaitley, Information and Broadcasting Minister. (Photo: Reuters)

Amid a raging controversy over censorship in Udta Punjab, Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that movie certification norms should be “liberal” and “some very radical changes” will be announced over the next few days.

Speaking at the Indian of the Year Award by CNN-News18, Jaitley opened up about the cuts sought by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in the film for the first time.

I won’t say its overboard. I don’t know this case because I have not seen this film in question. There is a well documented report by Shyam Benegal, the first part which has come to me which is under consideration. Over the next few days we are going to announce some very radical changes in that.
Arun Jaitley

CBFC’s demand of 89 cuts in Udta Punjab has sparked a major debate over film certification norms and the need to re-define censorship.

I think that we are overstating it because at the end of the day you have a Board which takes a view which may be a little conservative view but then at the appeal tribunal with an appeal it can get disposed off. My experience has been almost everything then gets cleared.

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