Don’t kill creativity: Big B on ‘Udta Punjab’ row (Lead, Correcting dateline)

Kolkata, June 8 (IANS) After a slew of filmmakers expressed support for the “Udta Punjab” makers who are locking horns with the censor board over suggesting 89 cuts in the movie, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has joined the debate by saying that “killing creativity” can kill the “souls” of artistes.

At a press conference for his forthcoming film “TE3N” here on Wednesday, the 73-year-old actor was asked to comment on the controversy over “Udta Punjab” — a movie on the festering problem of drugs in Punjab.

He said: “I am not quite aware of what the issue is. I have been reading about it. All I can say is that don’t try and kill creativity. If you kill creativity, you kill the soul and that is all that we (artistes) have.”

“I know that there are rules and regulations… That’s something that the government has to decide. But as an artiste and a creative person, all I can say is that don’t kill creativity.”



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