‘Kyun sach ka sabakh sikhaaye, jab sach sunn bhi na paaye. Sach koi bole toh tu niyam, kanoon bataaye.” These lines from the song Sadda Haq, Aithe Rakh (Rockstar 2011) seem to have inspired the makers of the so-called controversial Punjabi film, Sadda Haq, which talks about the failure of the Indian system.
In city at the Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, writer, producer and lead actor of the film, Kuljinder Sidhu and his team, expressed disappointment at the objections raised by the Censor Board on the release of their film.
Realistic cinema, besides being an eye-opener, serves as the strongest medium to reach the masses of the country. But behind the scenes, filmmakers have to go through a lot of struggle to reach their audience, when their subject aims at delivering the truth. On the same, Sidhu clarifies by saying that a lot of research on the subject has gone into the film.
“The subject I chose has not been scripted by me; it’s a true incident chosen from the history of India. Thus, I fail to understand the objection on my subject. In the film we have two plots running simultaneously — one is a militant’s point of view (shedding light on the turbulent era from the 1980s to the 1990s), and the other is how the modern generation deals with the truth. It’s not dedicated completely to Operation Blue Star,” Says Sidhu, who is playing the fictional character of Kartar Singh (a militant).
Actor Dinesh Sood intervenes here and says, “Being a non-Sikh myself, I too was doubtful about being a part of this subject initially. But, when I got acquainted with Sidhu’s vision for the movie, and found the approach very balanced and honest, I was all for it. The biggest lesson we learnt during the making of the film was that the 1984 riots were not a fight between a Hindu and a Sikh. Instead, it was an example of failure of the government of Indian.”
Advocate Amar Singh Chahal, who has been a legal advisor to Sidhu and has played a role in the film, says, “In a country where freedom of speech is a constitutional right, our expression is being suppressed. The Censor Board objected the film, but they didn’t even give us a chance to explain ourselves.”
“History repeats itself when the mistakes we commit are not met with the right conclusion eventually. And who says this chapter has ended? Everyone knows it’s still on. But yes, people like you and me may think we are just digging graves. Ask those families who are breathing for justice. We are fictionalising characters and presenting a piece of Punjab’s history. I don’t see why the board had to object, that too without giving us a concrete reason,” says Sidhu.
“If films such as Black Friday, Fiza, Maachis and Chakravyuh could be released with little nips and tucks, why not Sadda Haq? But, we are trying to get the certificate soon,” he adds.
Punjabi movie, Sadda Haq, was supposed to release on October 26.