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Source: http://www.sikhsiyasat.net/2014/01/28/raj-kakras-film-kaum-de-heere-based-on-events-related-to-indira-gandhis-assassination-banned-by-film-censor-board/

Raj Kakra’s Film “Kaum De Heere” based on events related to Indira Gandhi’s assassination banned by Film Censor board

By Parmjit Singh

Published: January 28, 2014


Chandigarh/ Punjab (January 28, 2014): As per information available with the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN), Punjabi lyricist-cum-singer Raj Kakra’s début Punjabi movie “Kaum De Heere” has been banned by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) India.

The movie was scheduled to be released on February 28, 2014 but the CBFC has denied to grant it requisite certification.

This movie is based on lives of Sikh martyrs Bhai Beant Singh, Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh. Bhai Beant Singh and Satwant Singh were bodyguards of Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi and they had assassinated her on 31 October 1984 after she ordered attack on Darbar Sahib (Harmandar Sahib) Amritsar in June 1984, in which thousands of Sikhs were massacred by Indian army.

The reasons behind banning the movie were not known at the time of writing this news, but Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) sources confirmed that the CBFC had refused to grant clearance certificate to the movie which was required to screen the movie in India.

It may be recalled that Indian firm censor board had also banned Punjabi movie “Sadda Haq” in 2011, which was based on post-1984 events in Punjab. The movie was cleared in early 2012 during a review by appellate tribunal, but it was again banned by various state governments taking a plea that the screening of the movie might cause law and order problems. But “Sadda Haq” was ultimately cleared by Indian supreme court after directing minor changes.

Raj Kakra could not be contacted for his comments regarding ban imposed on the “Kaum De Heere”.

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This was more or less gauranteed to happen if we look at the precedent set by Sadda Haq, It's typical indian government response to any truths being exposed. It's bad for the makers of the film as without official relases they will not see the money they invested inton the film be recouped, hence many future film makers will think twice about making such films in the future.

However even though India may bann the film, it's gauranteed to surface on the internet file shating sites, bit torrent, etc..pirate copies willl be around in India in no time. The truth will always come out soonern or later.

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In India there are movies glorifying and even promoting Naxalites, armed Islamic insurgency, extreme Indian nationalism, sexuality, mafia(don), fake encounters which involve violence, assassinations, terrorism, torture. Then why is only movies that are on Sikh issues that get banned?

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