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Ban on Sadda Haq lifted, film crew elated

The movie is expected to make a large profit due to the publicity around it.


he team of the movie Sadda Haq breathed a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court lifted the ban on the film's screening on Friday. The movie based on the growth of extremism in the state during the eighties was banned from releasing by the state governments in Punjab, New Delhi and Haryana.

"With all your wishes and faith in God, Sada Haq won the case in the Supreme Court," posted the film's team on its Facebook page. The whole team of the film led by its producer and lead actor Kuljinder Sidhu went to the Seesh Ganj Gurudwara in New Delhi for a thanksgiving prayer as soon as the decision was passed.

Sidhu has been justifying the movie in his interviews arguing that the film presented a true picture of the incidents in Punjab. He also admitted that the characters in his film were inspired from Jagtar Singh Hawara and Balwant Singh Rajoana, who were convicted for the assassination of the then Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh. The film evoked polarising reactions even before it was released, with sections of the Sikh community saying that it depicted the real face of police atrocities. Critics on the other hand felt that the movie was a mere "glorification" of terrorists.

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Censor Board to consider whether the "U" certificate granted to the film can be changed to "A". A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) which is the statutory authority will re-consider its decision on Monday after which the film can be released across the country.

On the eve of the film's scheduled release on 4 April, the Punjab government had taken a decision after a screening of the movie before senior bureaucrats and police officers to not let the film be released stating that the step was taken to maintain communal harmony in the state. This was followed by the administration in Delhi and Chandigarh. The film producers challenged the decision in the Supreme Court on 11 April.

Sadda Haq which has already been released in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand has garnered enthusiastic response.

Now, the controversy and the resulting publicity around the film is expected to reap profits at the box office after its release in India.

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