We've got some good news.
We now know that Udta Punjab, the drug-themed flick which braved a tough battle for release in India, will now see the light of the day in Pakistan, albeit with cuts -- and mutes on expletives and references to the country.
According to IANS, Mobashir Hasan, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) shared, "All the foul language, including swearing at and derogatory words, remarks have been muted along with certain excisions of scenes. The movie has been granted 'A' rating."
He also said that references to Pakistan "have been excised".
"Scenes which even subtly refer to Pakistan, 786, words 'Maryam kee seerat' and all the foul language and such words have been excised, muted and beeped."
A release date for the movie is yet to be fixed.
That being said, the Sindh Board of Film Certification, which works independent of the CBFC, is yet to grant a release certificate to the movie.
"We have asked a local distributor and importer to mute all abusive language as that is a direct violation of the existing censor code, and a few cuts. The film will be certified soon and hopefully released soon," said Fakhr-e-Alam, chairperson of the Sindh censor board.
A hard-hitting but entertaining message-based drama, Udta Punjab features power-packed performances by Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh.
"It's powerful cinema," Alam said, adding: "Alia Bhatt has just set the bar too high for all the leading ladies."