Bollywood Backs Anurag, Seeks Censor Board Chief’s Apology


Mumbai: Bollywood has come out strongly in support of ‘Udta Punjab’ and has demanded an apology from Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairman Pahlaj Nihalani for alleging that the film’s co-producer Anurag Kashyap took money to show Punjab in bad light by highlighting the drug problem.

The actors and filmmakers addressed a press conference in Mumbai on Wednesday and condemned the Censor Board for asking for the deletion of any reference to Punjab in ‘Udta Punjab’ an upcoming film on the drug issue of the state.

Soon after the ‘Udta Punjab’ makers moved the Bombay High Court seeking a copy of the Censor Board decision, the film world lashed out at Nihalani and his ‘vicious’, ‘malicious’ ways.

Top Bollywood directors Mahesh Bhatt, Imtiaz Ali, Satish Kaushik, Sudhir Mishra and Ramesh Taurani along with ‘Udta Punjab’ actors Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt tore into Nihalani’s defence for ordering cuts in the film.