After getting a green signal from the Censor Board of Film Certification, the star cast of Punjabi film 'Saada Haq' paid obeisance at the Golden Temple and also thanked the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for persuading the censor board to lift the ban on the movie.
Led by the film's writer-producer and actor, Kuljinder Sidhu, the actors met SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar and thanked him for helping them out by taking up the issue with the censor board and Film Certification Appleant Tribunal, besides writing to union minister of state for information and broadcasting Manish Tewari.
"Without SGPC's backing, the film would never have seen the light of the day,” said Sidhu, while talking to the media in the presence of Makkar here on Tuesday.
Sidhu had approached the SGPC after the certification tribunal rejected their appeal challenging the ban by the censor board as the movie “showed the police and the administration in poor light”. Makkar then formed a 5-member committtee headed by SGPC executive member Rajinder Singh Mehta to look into the matter. After a special screening of the movie, the committe in its report to Makkar strongly backed its release.
“When the censor board could release movies like 'Chakravyuh' which dealt with the naxal problem, then the ban on our film was not justified," Sidhu said.
The movie now is slated for release on April 5. The premier will be held at Amritsar, according to Sidhu.
The story of the film progesses in a flashback, narrated by a character, that is Sidhu himself, who is imprisoned. Sidhu claims to have gathered a fair knowledge of the situation in Punjab in the 80's and 90's from his father, late Mohinder Singh who was a journalist based in Amritsar, working for a Punjabi daily.
"It is not a religious picture in any aspect. It basically deals with the genesis of terrorism and the role that terrorists, the police and the administrators played in this complex situation and exploited the situation for their own vested interests," said Sidhu.