‘Udta Punjab’ has been in the news recently due to its struggle with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which had originally asked the filmmakers to make 89 cuts in the movie. It was then sent to the Revising Committee, which brought the cuts down to 13. Finally, the Bombay High Court reduced the cuts to 1 and asked for three disclaimers to be inserted.
Just when it looked like it was going to be smooth sailing for ‘Udta Punjab’, a copy of the movie was leaked online on 15 June 2016. However, the filmmakers had it removed from torrent sites ASAP.
Rumors started that the movie had been leaked online. The Abhishek Chaubey directorial film was soon removed however, and all attempts to access the movie were met with “removed due to copyright complaint”. The run-time of the movie was reportedly 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Troublingly, sources say that screenshots of the film reveal that it was most probably the copy submitted to the CBFC, as it had some scenes which the censor board had objected to.