The forthcoming Hindi film ‘Udta Punjab’ deals with the problem of drug addiction among the youth of the state of Punjab. However, its release on June 17 has been stalled by India’s censor board, which has asked the makers of the film to remove all references to Punjab, politics and elections and make over 80 cuts.

The film stars prominent Bollywood actors such as Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt. The censorship is reportedly linked to political factors, especially opposition from Punjab’s ruling political party Akali Dal and the fact that the state is holding elections in 2017. Read more…

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