The Censor Board has reportedly not cleared Abhishek Chaubey's upcoming film, Udta Punjab. The film which features an ensemble cast comprising Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh and Alia Bhatt, addresses the issue of substance abuse in Punjab.
The film's trailer was cleared a while back. However, the CBFC has now reportedly decided to hold on to the film's release. Produced by Anurag Kashyap, Udta Punjab hasn't got the clearance because of "excessive swearing".
As the characters mouth numerous abuses in the film, the makers have been told that they need to tone-down the film to get CBFC clearance.
A report in a leading daily says:
"Mr Kashyap has decided to appeal against the decision. Sources close to the filmmaker allege that the film was stopped for political reasons as the state will hold elections next year."
The film is slated for release on 17 June. The trailer of Udta Pujab has been well-received.
-- with inputs from NDTV