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India Shiv Sena Demands Ban On ‘Sadda Haq’ Movie, Threatens Protest

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada

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.

source: http://www.punjabnewsline.com/news/Punjabi-movie-Sadda-Haq_-more-sectarian-than-artistic.html
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Dec 3, 2011
This is great and even better !
I was looking forward to this movie like many other sikhs out there.
Rub some masala and make it a controversial issue by threatening a ban is only going to give it some extra 'wow' appeal !!
This makes it change from '' A recomended movie'' to a ''HAVE got to see!!''
Mar 27, 2013
Constitutional Right "Freedom Of Speech/Opinion" is the most attacked Right in India.

Political Parties want to give every issue a Hindu Vs Sikh color and we should not let them do that.

Jazzy B is infact inviting controversy for the popularity.
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Mar 28, 2013
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.

Yes, authority of akal takht the only real one will deal with them like Baba Shinder Ji dealt with the Shiv Sena Punjab President In 86.
Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Badal govt bans ‘Sadda Haq’

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 4

The Punjab Government today imposed a ban on the screening of Punjabi film ‘Sadda Haq’ till further orders. The movie was scheduled for an all-India release tomorrow. An official spokesman said this step had been taken to maintain communal harmony in the state.

In Amritsar, heavy security was deployed outside Adarsh cinema hall following a protest by Shiv Sena activists who allegedly tore posters of the film and raised slogans.

Members of the Sikh Students Federation also reached there in strength. They warned that none would be allowed to disrupt the screening of the movie. Assistant Commissioner of Police Gurnam Singh said that the police had been deployed outside the cinema hall to prevent any untoward incident.

source: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130405/punjab.htm#18


Jan 29, 2011
Vancouver, Canada
Freedom of Speech has exceptions if it is against national integrity.
It is improper to make a movie like Sadda Haq but OK to burn turbans outside Darbar Sahib, Amritsar.
It seems movie is banned in Chandigarh as well as Delhi
Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Sadda Haq movie banned in Punjab; Punjab police & bureaucratic pressure behind the ban

By Parmjit Singh
Published: April 5, 2013

Chandigarh/Punjab (April 05, 2013): It is learnt that the Punjab Government led by Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal, has banned Sadda Haq Punjabi film that was termed as a part of Sikh history by Senior Badal Dal leader Bibi Kiranjot Kaur on March 17, 2013 during a special screening.

The Shiormani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) had honored Kuljinder Sindu, the producer of Sadda Haq team and other member of the team. SGPC is currently controlled by Badal Dal and it’s president Avtar Singh Makkar had supported the movie.

The movie was reportedly banned by the Punjab Government on the late evening of April 04 where as it was scheduled to be released on April 05.

The movie shall be screened Chandigarh, Haryana and else where in India, besides United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.

Note: As per recent information available with Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) the movie’s screening is prevented by the police in various theaters at Changidharh and Ambala.

“According to an official spokesman here, the step to ban the film till further orders has been taken to “maintain communal harmony” in the state”, the Indian Express has reported.

It is notable that Indian media is attempting to fabricate a controversy over the Baaghi, a promotional song released with the music of the movie. Many Indian media circles have claimed that controversy surrounding Baaghi song was the bases of the Punjab Government’s move to ban the movie but it’s not convincing because there is no such controversy except in biased media reports.

It is learnt that the movie was recently reviewed by high-ups in Punjabi police and the administration of Punjab government on whose recommendations the ban was imposed on the movie.

According to Times of India (TOI) “[t]he movie was screened at Punjab Bhawan by the film producers on Thursday evening, to get the approval from a team of IAS and IPS officers, comprising principal secretary to CM S K Sandhu, principal secretary (home) D S Bains, additional director general of police Hardeep Dhillon and chief secretary Rakesh Singh”.

The movie is based on real event of Punjab during 1980s-90s it portrays the widespread police torture and other inhuman practices that were part of the policing practice of that period. Many police officers including Punjab DGP Sumedh Saini are facing charges for heinous crimes, such as torture, murder/extra-judicial killings. Recently an SSP rank officer Preet Pal Singh Virk, besides some other Punjab police cops, was convicted by a CBI court for abduction, illegal confinement and custodial torture and was sentenced to undergo ten years of imprisonment. It is believed that the Punjab Government’s move to ban the movie is result of pressure exerted by the high-ups in Punjab police.

It is notable that the movie was previously banned by India’s Central Board of Film Certification. The review petition to the CBFC by the producers was also dismissed. On an appeal the Film Certification Appelate Tribunal (FCAT) had approved the movie and it was awarded “U” certificate which signifies that the movie may be watched by persons of any age.

source: http://www.sikhsiyasat.net/2013/04/...-be-screened-in-chandigarh-haryana-delhi-etc/


May 10, 2010
Ancient Greece
Perhaps the makers of India's constitution failed to add an 'applicable for only the majority community' clause in the 'Freedom of speech' part. Our politicians have been improvising it for long.
Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
‘Sadda Haq’ team meets Takht chief

Matter to be discussed by five high priests, says Jathedar Gurbachan Singh

GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 7

Led by its producer-actor Kuljinder Singh Sidhu, the crew of banned Punjabi movie 'Sadda Haq' today approached the Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh, urging him to intervene in the matter.

The Jathedar said the issue would be deliberated upon at the next maating of the five high priests. “The opinion of the high priests will be conveyed to the SGPC for further action,” the Jathedar said. The film crew, along with members of several Sikh organisations, performed ardas at Akal Takht.

The Punjab Government has banned the film which focuses on the dark days of militancy in the state. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), that had played a key role in getting clearance from the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) last year, has now distanced itself from the matter. Dejected, filmmaker Sidhu said the ban on his film, that had been cleared by the censor board with a U/A certificate, was arbitrary.

The film's promotional song, 'Baghi' , reportedly equates Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Jagtar Singh Hawara and Balwant Singh Rajoana with freedom fighters. "Since there is no problem in letting the public watch films based on the Naxalite movement, the government appears biased in banning my film which is about a minority community," he said.

He announced that he would move the Supreme Court against the government’s decision, if nothing else worked. “We have requested the high priests to form a committee comprising Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Muslims to view the film for an unbiased opinion,” he said.

“It is nothing but murder of freedom of expression. The film is a true portrayal of whatever happened during the period of militancy. It is ironical that a handful of bureaucrats have given their verdict against the screening of the film on the plea that it may disturb peace and harmony. Their apprehension is totally baseless,” Sidhu added.

Anandpur Sahib: Washing his hands of the controversy, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, during his visit here on Sunday, said it was the prerogative of the state government to take a decision on whether or not to ban a film. Makkar, who was the chief guest at an inter-state turban tying competition, said the state government had to look after law and order too.

Of the 2,000 students who participated in the 'dastarbandi' contest, 245 were selected for special prizes. Prabhpreet Singh of Guru Nanak Senior Secondary School, Dhannupura, Amritsar, won the first prize. Gurnoor Singh of Dasmesh Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, and Kaka Harpreet Singh of Sahibzada Fateh Singh Public School, Malerkotla, were declared first and second-runners up.

The three were awarded a cash prize of Rs 31,000, 21,000 and 11,000, respectively.

source: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130408/punjab.htm#8



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