September 9, 2015 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: Punjabi film ‘The Mastermind Jinda Sukha’, which was set to be released on September 11, has reportedly been banned in India.
The film is said to be based on lives legendary martyrs of Sikh freedom movement Bhai Harjinder Singh Jinda and Bhai Sukhdev Singh Sukha, who had assassinated of former Army General Arun Kumar Vaidya. It was previously granted clearance from the Censor Board on July 24, but has now been banned after the union home ministry and intelligence bureau (IB) raised objections.
Director of the movie, Sukhjinder Singh Shera told Sikh Siyasat News (SSN): [T]he advisory committee of the Censor Board called us on Tuesday for a meeting in Mumbai. They told us they had received a letter from the home ministry and IB raising objections to the release of the film.
“They felt the movie would hurt the religious sentiments of people leading to violent situation. As a precautionary measure the board decided to ban our film” he added.
The filmmakers had reportedly offered to cut scenes there were objections against. “Although we offered to cut scenes which they had objections with but on Wednesday they denied this as well. There has been no objection raised by the board in releasing the film overseas – so we would be releasing it abroad on the scheduled date,” he said.
Sudden rise on movies related to trauma of 1984: Sadda Haq was first such film focusing on post-1984 events in Punjab. The movie was a massive box-office success. The success of Sadda Haq attracted attention of Punjabi film-makers, particularly the makers of low to moderate budget movies. It seems as if the trauma of 1984 is being treated by film-makers as box-office formula.
Sikh circles and Indian Intelligence – both concerned over flood of movies: Where as certain Sikh circles are concerned about week directional and artistic aspects of these movies, Indian intelligence agencies, on the other hand, are also concerned over any possible impact of these movies on Sikh youth. In a recent report, (according to media reports), the Intelligence Bureau (IB) raised alarm over these movies with the Ministry of Home Affairs noting that most of these movies are ‘portraying Sikh militants as saviours of the Sikh community’.
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