Aamir Khan backs Udta Punjab, slams censor board

Anurag Kashyap and team get support from the Dangal star in their battle against censorship.

Mayur Lookhar

For most filmmakers, the battle against censorship has often been a lone one with the director finding support from his/her ilk but seldom getting the open support of a superstar against the high-handed attitude of the Central Board of Film Certification, popularly known as the censor board.

This time, however, superstar Aamir Khan has openly thrown his weight behind the Udta Punjab makers and slammed the censor board.

"I'm very saddened with the way Udta Punjab is being censored," Khan told a film website. "There shouldn't be any curbs on our freedom of speech."

Khan said he agreed that there should be nothing in the film that was not suitable for theatre viewing. "I haven't seen the film," he said, "but from what I've learnt there is nothing untoward shown in Udta Punjab. It is against drug abuse, which is a good social message."

Khan told that such censorship reflected badly on the CBFC. "I hope the film gets due justice. My best wishes are with Anurag and his entire team. I'm sure the film will really connect with people when it releases."

Khan's open show of support will boost Kashyap and his team as they continue their fight against the censor board in the courts.

Khan himself is no stranger to controversy, having been hounded for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in his film PK (2014). The actor also had to make some cuts in his production Delhi Belly (2011). Interestingly, till date the film has not been cleared for television viewing.