March 7, 2015 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: Punjabi lyricist turned singer- cum- actor’s upcoming movie Patta Patta Singhan Da Vairi stands banned in India, as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has denied ‘clearance certificate’ to the movie. CBFC clearance is compulsory for public screening of any movie in India.
One of the producers, Sandeep Singh of Fateh Sports Club, told Sikh Siyasat News that the movie was sent for CBFC clearance on February 02, 2015. He said that the movie was banned by CBFC on March 03, 2015.
“We have received a letter from CBFC which says that ‘the Borad has come to the conclusion that a certificate can not be issued for its (Patta Patta Singhan Da Vairi movie’s) exhibition”.
Reasons for grant of “Refused” Certificate to the film:
The CBFC has given following reasons for refusing clearance certificate to the movie-
“Attack on Gurdwar, killing innocent people not in good taste, torture on women, brutality and beating of innocents in Police station and abusive words for women and the movie fails to convey any message to society.”
Sandeep Singh declared to appeal to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) against decision of the CBFC.
The movie was set to be released globally on April 03.
Patta Patta Singhan Da Vairi and other movies on post-1984 related themes:
According to producers the movie Patta Patta Singhan Da Vairi is “based” on events of 1980s-90s in Punjab. They say that it’s a film based on Sikh militant movement.
Producers of the movie maintain that their film portrays Sikh militant movements in positive light.
There is sudden rise in movies on events of 1980s-90s in Punjab in recent years. After the success of “Sadda Haq” (2013), the Punjabi filmmakers started showing extensive interest in “1984” and Sikh militancy related themes. Certain Sikh circles have already expressed concerns over weak artistic and directional presentation of recent movies on post-1984 era related themes.
Raj Kakra’s last movie, Kaum De Heere was also banned in India; though it was released in other countries. The movie was praised for being presenting the story of Bhai Beant Singh, Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh in positive light, however it was criticized for week artistic and directions aspects.
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