February 2, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ludhaina/Chandigarh, Punjab (February 02, 2013): It is learnt that “Sadda Haq”, a much-awaited Punjabi film that is said to be based on events of 1980s-90 Punjab when Sikh militant struggle was active in Punjab, will be released in theatres on April 5, 2012 as the The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) has lifted ban that was imposed on the movie by India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
“Dag Tag Fathey. Panth kee jeet. Sadda Haq got clearance. Will be released on 5th April 2013” producer of the movie informed his fans via Facebook Fans Page on January 30, 2013 at 16:34 hrs (IST).
The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) reportedly gave the green signal to the film after four-month-long deliberations with the film production team and legal luminaries, the film’s producer-cum-writer Kuljinder Singh Sidhu reportedly said at a press conference at Chandigarh January 31, 2013.
“FCAT chairman Lalit Basin, in the presence of various members of the review committee, notified the censor board through a written notice that the film is based on facts and gives a good social message, so there is nothing objectionable in it” Kuljinder Sidhu reportedly said.
It is notable that India’s censor board had imposed a ban on the film, which was submitted to the board for its release on October 20, 2012. The ban was imposed without any particular reason being cited, Sidhu said.
On November 14, 2012, the film producer appealed to the review committee of the board, but the panel also banned the film, mentioning in its report that it presented a wrong picture of the police and the government of that time.
According to Kuljinder Singh the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar had also taken up the matter with the board after watching the film.
“We have finally got the certification after minor changes dealing with the role of the police during that period” he said.
The murder of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, the mass cremations of unclaimed bodies for which the National Human Rights Commission directed financial compensation for the bereaved families shady encounters and the cases in which certain cops were even convicted by courts are dealt with in the film.
“Sadda Haq” endeavours to narrate the disruptive and excruciating history of Punjab to the public so that they get to know what actually happened in Punjab, he reportedly added.
Many other political Sikh organisations, religious congregations and cultural organisations have reportedly welcome the decision of FCAT decision to lift the ban on the film’s release.
Commenting on FCAT’s decision to remove ban from the release of movie, Advocate Navkiran Singh, a Chandigarh based lawyer and activist wrote on the wall of his Facebook Fans’ Page: “Congratulations to SAADA HAQ movie team. The movie was passed by the appellate Board of sensor board on 30th Jan…It Will surely make some revelations of why Sikh youth was forced to take to arms in Punjab.”
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