Celebrities add their puns to the raging controversy over the film's subject, title and run-in with the censor board.
Censorship row: How Udta Punjab is leading to pun jabs
Mumbai - 07 Jun 2016 19:46 IST
The matter has become a national issue with even news channels debating the censor board's refusal to clear the Ekta Kapoor-Anurag Kashyap co-production Udta Punjab unless the makers make wholesale changes to the script and drop Punjab from the title.
The revising committee of the Central Board of Film Certification, the official name of the censor board, recommended that 'Punjab' be deleted from the film's title after politicians in the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal government in Punjab objected to the title. This was over and above the board asking the film's producers to make as many as 89 cuts.
The name-change recommendation led to a frenzy on social media with most netizens slamming the censors. The initial anger soon gave way to banter with many netizens, including celebrities, throwing puns at the board. We bring you a collection of some of the quirkier ones doing the rounds.
His films are anything but funny, but Shirish Kunder's comment on the Udta Punjab controversy is bound to leave you in splits.
You may feel it's not fair to remove Punjab from Udta Punjab.— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) June 6, 2016
But wait till Maneka Gandhi tells to remove Tommy from Tommy Singh.
Like Kunder, Ram Gopal Varma is an expert commentator on Twitter. Don't let this tweet fly off your head.
Udta Governments should realise just by using Udta powers, if they try to ban Udta Punjab they can't hide the Udta truth from Udta people— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) June 6, 2016
Amidst all the quirky wordplay, TV presenter Gaurav Kapur had this to add:
Why not change the name of Udta Punjab to Udta Mazaaq? Because that's what the censor board is doing now, mazaaq udaa rahe hain!— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) June 6, 2016
Meanwhile, veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt chose to hit out at censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani in his inimitable style:
"Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance". Is Pahalaj Nihalani listening ?— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) June 6, 2016
Actor and stand-up comedian Vir Das used a bit of fill-in-the-blanks to convey his view.
Dear ------ board of India. When you ------ films or art without using your using your ----- its ------ pointless.— Vir Das (@thevirdas) June 6, 2016
Noted broadcast journalist Rajdeep Sardesai of India Today Television, too, didn't mince words in criticising the censor board.
The censor board seems to be telling us there is no drug problem in Punjab? Which cuckoo land are they living in? #UdtaPunjab— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 6, 2016
Corporate guru Suhel Seth, who has also appeared in a film, was scathing in his attack on the censor board chief.
Pahlaj Nihalani is the kind of dolt who would even find a bus ticket vulgar. Duffer. #UltaKhopdi— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) June 7, 2016
Amidst all the censor-bashing, Nihalani & Company can take heart from the fact that there is one man who hasn't blamed the board. Instead, enfant terrible Kamaal Rashid Khan has trained his guns on the Hindi film industry:
Bollywood people are not able to decide once for all whether #BJP govt. is good or bad so I call them Bina Pendi Ke Lote or Thaali Ke Baigan— KRK (@kamaalrkhan) June 7, 2016
Until Udta Punjab's fate is decided, the punches will keep coming on social media. Let the puns flow.