Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi at Fevicol’s 11th edition of the annual Caring With Style fashion show, organized by the Cancer Patients Aid Association, in Mumbai March 20. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI — It seems these days everyone has an opinion about the Central Board of Film Certification. After the censorship controversy surrounding Bollywood film “Udta Punjab,” veteran actress Shabana Azmi spoke out against the censor board.

Azmi is of the view that the CBFC should neither censor nor certify movies, and instead should only classify them.      

Azmi’s comment came in the wake of the “Udta Punjab” censorship controversy, wherein the makers were embroiled in a tussle with the censor board over the film body’s demand for multiple cuts in the movie.     

“CBFC shud become a body that does not censor or even certify ONLY CLASSIFY films. That gives the audience the choice to watch a film or not,” the 65-year-old “Neerja” actress tweeted.      

Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, “Udta Punjab” is based on the issue of substance abuse in Punjab.

As the fight with the board intensified, the film’s makers moved the Bombay High Court against the CBFC’s decision. The court cleared the film for release with just one cut.

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