The makers of "Sukha-Jinda", an upcoming movie that portrays the two militant assassins of former army chief general AS Vaidya as "heroes", on Friday committed 50% profit in advance to various causes of Sikh community.
The families of the executed Khalistani militants are all for the February screening. Harjinder Singh Jinda and Sukhdev Singh "Sukha" had assassinated general Vaidya for his role in leading Operation Bluestar, the 1984 army operation to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The movie justifies the 1986 crime in Pune for which both were hanged in 1992.
A similar movie, "Kaum De Heere", which makes "heroes" of the assassins of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, is blocked for release in India, since the union government fears it might provoke religious hatred.
"The film 'Sukha-Jinda' is based on their handwritten jail accounts," movie director Sukhjinder Singh Shera said at a press conference here on Saturday, adding: "They will be the heroes, definitely."
Asked to explain his choice of subject, Shera said: "Australian producers Gurpreet Singh and Rajbeer Singh floated the idea and it appealed to me and the families of Sukha and Jinda. We feel there is no harm in showing reality. We will give half the profit from the worldwide release to Sikh community for causes such as welfare of the riot-affected families. We are finalising the cast."
"We will help the filmmakers. We have the written material that Harjinder sent us regularly from jail, and which the movie will show without any alteration," said Balwinder Kaur, sister of Jinda. Bhupinder Singh, brother of the militant, said: "Both Sukha and Jinda had no remorse for their action."
Shera demanded that the movie "Kaum De Heere" be also released in the country. It has been screened abroad.