We live in a country where the CBFC does not spare films like The Jungle Book and The Angry Birds Movie. So when films like Udta Punjab dealing with the drug crisis in the state face censorship issues, Twitter is likely to go crazy and start a new 'trend'. But for those who have been closely reading the newspapers this news may not come as much of surprise. The weekend trend on Twitter was "We Support Udta Punjab".
In one of the episodes of On Air With AIB, the founders had discussed Punjab's drug crisis hence a reaction from them was expected.
Pretty sure there are Iodex-munching, lizard-snorting addicts out there who make better decisions than the censors. #UdtaPunjab— Ashish Shakya (@stupidusmaximus) May 28, 2016
Glad to see Punjab authorities tackling the crippling problem of films depicting reality. Truly commendable. #UdtaPunjab— Ashish Shakya (@stupidusmaximus) May 28, 2016
Enough with this censor board of cretins. Please get rid of them @Ra_THORe. It's 2016.— Rohan (@mojorojo) May 28, 2016
"Too much swearing"? Seriously, do these people just not go outside?— Rohan (@mojorojo) May 28, 2016
If you have a problem with the state being shown in a bad light, maybe solve the problem instead of blocking documentation of it?— Rohan (@mojorojo) May 28, 2016
What's this about censor board and udta punjab— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) May 27, 2016
People like Hansal Mehta and Shruti Seth sure has a style of pointing out you're useless without actually saying it.
I was convinced that the govt would do nothing with recommendations from any committee on censorship. I was right. #UdtaPunjab— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) May 28, 2016
Well done #CensorBoardClearly, no political agenda with decimating #UdtaPunjab Must be exhausting keeping India so #sanskari— Shruti Seth (@SethShruti) May 28, 2016
Meanwhile Twitterati showed their full support for the release of Udta Punjab.
If demonizing drug abuse thru a film is banned, then the message the censor board is giving is that drugs are actually good. #UdtaPunjab— Mihir Fadnavis (@mihirfadnavis) May 28, 2016
In the age of internet, very few people tweet after getting their facts checked: These being some of them.
40 scenes and a song cut,what's left in the movie then?WE SUPPORT UDTA PUNJAB— Harshita (@4evershanatic) May 28, 2016
we support udta punjab, apply Benegal's recommendation right now and stop doing politics with the film Mr Nihalani— Cifar (@cifarshayar) May 28, 2016
Pass the film without Cuts! Give it a certificate! And Free us & yourselves! Don't test patience of people and fans!WE SUPPORT UDTA PUNJAB— Adnan Ahmed Hashmi (@PerfectlyAdnan) May 28, 2016
The point is they are selfish just think of their benefits idiots politician.WE SUPPORT UDTA PUNJABhttps://t.co/YdizzuQVYg— Damini❤ Shahid (@DiyaSingh13) May 28, 2016
As far as I have read so far,it hasn't been banned.So please don't mislead people. We want it passed uncut.WE SUPPORT UDTA PUNJAB— Only Shahid Matters (@Shanavbarca) May 28, 2016
When will PUNJAB get rid of such hazardous addiction 2 drugs?I fear,it may just take eternity due2 lack of awareness!WE SUPPORT UDTA PUNJAB— alankrita (@ItsAlankrita_) May 28, 2016
Then there were few people who were in support of Udta Punjab but were fed with wrong information. The film has not been banned, people!
Banning a movie which exposes the truth is just not done! WE SUPPORT UDTA PUNJAB— AliaaHolics™ (@AliaaHolics_) May 28, 2016
Banning UP proves that it has exposed the realities which political world didn't want the people to know.WE SUPPORT UDTA PUNJAB— Adnan Ahmed Hashmi (@PerfectlyAdnan) May 28, 2016
A movie which has lot of truths & facts of "Punjab" & today youth ..& censer board trying to ban this movie SHAMEWe Support Udta Punjab!!— Ekta Kapoor (@Ekmainaurektu8) May 28, 2016