Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday announced that he would release uncensored copies of the movie ‘Udta Punjab’ in Majitha in Amritsar district on June 17, the scheduled date of release of the movie. Majitha is the constituency of senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader and Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who has been accused by political rivals of aiding the illicit drug trade.
Amritsar MP Amarinder, who had earlier faced flak for opposing demands of a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the minister, said, “Since Majitha, like Mexico, is the epicentre of drug trade in Punjab, it was decided to release the movie there.”
However, about how he would get such copies, a press release issued by his media office said, “Capt Amarinder has written to the producers of the movie, Anurag Kashyap and Ekta Kapoor, urging them to provide the uncensored CDs so that he can release it on the scheduled date to coincide with the worldwide premier of the movie on June 17.”
“Not only do we want to highlight the harsh reality of Punjab, but also assert the right to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by our constitution which is being infringed upon by the BJP at the behest of the Akalis, using the censor board,” Amarinder has said in the letter to the producers, according to the release .
He has also clarified to the producers that all the legal onus of releasing the uncensored CDs of the movie will be on him only. “I guarantee you that I will take the entire responsibility of the legal implications, if any, for releasing the uncensored CDs as we want truth to be told no matter at what price,” he has written.
At the same time he took a dig at censor board chairman Pahlaj Nihalani for his “unfailing devotion towards the BJP with his irrational attitude and utterances”.