Shiv Sena demands ban on ‘Sadda Haq’ movie, threatens protest
Monday, April, 01 2013 - 13:40
AMRITSAR: Punjab Chief of Youth Wing Shiv Sena Sukhdev Sandhu has demanded ban on screening of upcoming Punjabi movie ‘Sadda Haq’ slated for release on April 5.
He said the movie is based on militancy days in Punjab during 1980s-1990s and can even misguide the youth and vitiate the state’s peaceful atmosphere.
Stating that it was a threat to peace of state and Hindu-Sikh unity, Sandhu urged Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari and Censor Board to ban the movie.
He said some wrong elements were supporting such movie and demanded filing of lawsuit against the movie director Mandeep Benipal and Punjabi singer Jazzy B.
The Shiv Sena chief warned that if the movie is released, members of the Youth Wing will protest against the screening and only the authorities will be responsible for damage or loss of anyone’s life or property.
Punjabi movie Sadda Haq; more sectarian than artistic
Friday, March, 29 2013 - 20:57
By Our Political Editor
CHANDIGARH: The controversial Punjabi movie Sadda Haq may have finally been allowed to be released by the Film Censor Board of India, but it certainly leaves a bad taste as it ends up as more sectarian and less artistic. So much so one of the songs in the movie, Baghi sung by Jazzy B , places the Tenth Master Guru Gobind Singh Ji in the same league as Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale, Balbir Singh Rajoana and Jagtar Singh Hawara, while glorifying their rebellious nature in the same vein.
The movie, which is yet to be released, while dealing with the sensitive subject of militancy in Punjab which affected everyone, appears to have failed to respect the sensitivities and sensibilities of the common Punjabis. The movie threatens to create a feeling of “otherness” among a large section of Punjabis, whose sentiments it otherwise claims to address, and recreate and relive the horrid memories of the dark days of militancy in Punjab in a thoroughly biased, selective and partial manner.
The songs in the movie are not rebellious but highly provocative apparently aimed at reinforcing the perceived sense of persecution, grievance, denial and discrimination. While one song Baghi seeks to equate the Tenth Master Guru Gobind Singh Ji with Bhindrawale, Rajoana and Hawara, the other song Ik Onkar, seeks to challenge Delhi (symbolising India) saying, its designs were much understood.
While the song Ik Onkar begins with an invocation to the Lord, it refers to and regrets the growing cult and clout of the deras and their heads among the Sikhs despite Sikhism being against all these practices. Surprisingly it ends with a challenge to Delhi, in most unrelated way, saying, ‘Dilli-ye, Dilli-ye...pehchan-de teri ankh...ithey rakh, sadda haq...’
Similarly another song ‘Dabb de killi...’(pull the trigger) is no less provocative.
The movie had earlier been banned owing to the objections and protests from different sections of the people from across Punjab. However, the ban was lifted after the intervention of some senior political leaders from the state.
While banning the movie is certainly no solution, particularly in the times of internet, when the songs have already gone viral and thousands of people already having viewed these, the film makers should have respected the sensitivities of the different sections of people as the militancy in Punjab, the primary subject and theme of the movie, has affected all sections of the society and not a particular one alone.
Glorifying someone like Hawara and Rajoana and putting them in the same bracket with the Tenth Master Guru Gobind Singh Ji is not just highly insensitive and provocative, but even insensible as well, which seeks to distort the sacred history of the Gurus.
The makers of the movie appear to have solely been driven by the commercial interest by creating controversy so that it gets viewed and watched by maximum number of people without realising the dangerous impact and ramifications it can lead to.
The subject no matter how serious and sensitive it happens to be could always have been dealt with in a sober and sensible manner. It is always easy to provoke, as the movie tends and intends to do, than to sooth the hurt feelings. The sense of hurt during the militancy in Punjab was universal and not selective. The Sadda Haq has been prejudicially selective in addressing the hurt feelings making it look more like a sectarian than an artistic work.