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Factual content should not be censored: Yogi Ashwini on Udta Punjab

Filmmakers should be allowed to do what they want to do provided it's in the legal framework of the country, said Yogi Ashwini of the Dhyan Foundation on Thursday.

Speaking on the issue of Hindi film Udta Punjab, Yogi Ashwini, who was in Goa for a press briefing told TOI, "What are they scared about? Only those who are doing wrong are scared of something."

The film Udta Punjab found itself in the midst of controversy owing to its plot which centres around Punjab's infamous drug problem. The Central Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) revising committee recently asked the filmmakers to make 89 cuts in the film and remove all references to the state.

The row escalated with co-producer Anurag Kashyap hitting out at CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani, calling him "oligarch" and "a dictatorial man" and that it was like living in North Korea.

Yogi Ashwini opined, "If what Anurag Kashyap is showing is the truth it's within the legal framework. Then how does it really matter?"

Yogiji is so right. Why should anyone be afraid of truth? And why should a democracy stifle the freedom to express as long as its legal?

He further added that film stars advertising pan masala or yoga gurus dancing onstage "like a monkey" instead should be censored, calling such things incorrect and not factual.

About the film he said, "Something that is factual should not be censored."

The article was published in The Times Of India on 9 June 2016

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