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Indian Court Okays Screening of Film on Drug Abuse

India’s film industry has hailed a court order allowing the screening of a movie portraying drug addiction with only a single cut as a huge victory for freedom of artistic expression. The Censor Board wanted nearly 90 cuts to the thriller “Udta Punjab” or “Flying Punjab”, because it felt the film, based on drug trafficking, cast a poor light on the northern Punjab state by showing many of its young people hooked on drugs. The decision led to outrage in Bollywood, which rallied behind the...

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