Priyanka Chopra on Udta Punjab: You can’t dictate what one can watch, eat

  • PTI, Patna
  • Updated: Jun 11, 2016 18:19 IST
Priyanka Chopra during a press conference in Patna. On the Udta Punjab controversy, the actor said CBFC is a “certification body and not censor.” (IANS)

Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra on Thursday came out in support of Anurag Kashyap’s Udta Punjab and said creativity should not be stopped in a democracy. “Our forefathers achieved freedom of speech and expression for us after a long struggle... Creativity should not be stopped in democracy,” Chopra said.

In reply to a question regarding the action on Udta Punjab by the censor board, which had raised objection to her film Jai Gangaajal, Priyanka said it was a “certification body and not censor”.

Co-produced by Anurag Kashyap, Udta Punjab, starring Shahid Kapoor in the lead role, focuses on Punjab’s drug problem.

The censor board, headed by Pahlaj Nihalani, demanded 94 cuts to the film before it could be released to theatres as scheduled on June 17, the film’s producer, Anurag Kashyap, has said on Twitter.

Read: How censor board made Udta Punjab bleed

Kashyap has challenged the board’s order before the Bombay high court, while also seeking financial relief for the delay in certification, which seems very likely to postpone the film’s opening until at least July. The court, after a hearing Thursday, adjourned the case until Friday.

“In democracy you cannot dictate what one should eat or watch a movie on a social issue,” said Priyanka, who was recently awarded the Padam Shri and has now ventured into Hollywood with Dwayne Johnson-starrer Baywatch.

In a reply to another query on whether removal of a word in the title of a movie was justified, she said, “Title is the creativity of every producer and director. So, how can it be changed?”

Read: Anurag Kashyap compares India with North Korea

The leading Bollywood star was here to promote Bhojpuri film Bum Bum Bol Raha hai Kashi, which is produced by her. She was accompanied by her mother Madhu Chopra, who is a co-producer of the film.

Asked why she chose to produce a Bhojpuri film as her first venture, Priyanka said, “Bhojpuri is my mom’s mother tongue. Besides, regional movies should be encouraged.” Priyanka’s family hails from Gumla near Jamshedpur which was part of undivided Bihar till 2000, when Jharkhand was carved out of it.

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