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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, January 31, 2013
'Sadda Haq', a much-awaited Punjabi film dealing with the days of terrorism in Punjab, will witness a worldwide release in theatres on April 5 as the censor board has lifted its ban on the movie.
The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) of the censor board gave the green signal to the film after four-month-long deliberations with the film production team and legal luminaries, the film's producer-cum-writer Kuljinder Singh Sidhu said at a press conference here on Thursday.

"FCAT chairman Lalit Basin, in the presence of various members of the review committee, notified the censor board through a written notice that the film is based on facts and gives a good social message, so there is nothing objectionable in it," said Sidhu.

The Mumbai censor board had imposed a ban on the film, which was submitted to the board for its release on October 20, 2012. The ban was imposed without any particular reason being cited, Sidhu said.

On November 14, 2012, the film producer appealed to the review committee of the board, but the panel also banned the film, mentioning in its report that it presented a wrong picture of the police and the government of that time.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar had also taken up the matter with the board after watching the film, Sidhu said.

"We have finally got the certification after minor changes dealing with the role of the police during that period," he said.

The murder of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, the mass cremations of unclaimed bodies   for which the National Human Rights Commission directed financial compensation for the bereaved families   shady encounters and the cases in which certain cops were even convicted by courts are dealt with in the film.

"'Sadda Haq' endeavours to narrate the disruptive and excruciating history of Punjab to the public so that they get to know what actually happened in Punjab," he said.

Many other political Sikh organisations, religious congregations and cultural organisations had also appealed to lift the ban on the film's release, he added.