In order to make their Punjabi movie accessible to a wider audience, the makers of 'Sadda Haq' are in the process of getting it dubbed in Hindi and English. The dubbing of the movie, which recently got clearance from the Supreme Court, has already started and is likely to be completed in a month.
The film, based on the Khalistan militancy period in Punjab, was embroiled in controversy following the ban on its screening by the governments of Punjab, Delhi and UT Chandigarh. It will finally hit theatres across the country on May 10.
"We got a lot of demand from overseas as well as different parts of India to dub the movie. The dubbing has already started and the DVD rights and satellite rights for the film will be given in both these languages. The translated version may also be screened in a few cinema halls," said movie's actor-producer
Kuljinder Sidhu at a press conference on Sunday.
Although the filmmakers had to face a harrowing time in the last few months to make sure that their film reaches the audience, the flip side of this entire controversy was that an immense buzz was created for the film among people across the globe, he added.
"At times, film makers try to create a controversy prior to the release of a film. But in our case, the controversy came about since our film was objected to two-three times by the censor board and once by the state governments. But I cannot deny the fact that it did help get more interest generated in our film among the audiences," he said.
Sidhu further claimed that his film was successfully being screened for the last three weeks in Mumbai and was the biggest Punjabi film in terms of gross collections in UK and US where it was screened for almost one month now. "As many as 70 prints of the film are confirmed and we are trying to release the film with 100 prints," said Nidhi Sidhu, film's co-producer.
The Supreme Court, while ruling against the ban imposed by the state governments and Chandigarh on the film, asked the Central Board of Film Certification to reconsider its certification, as to whether it has to be rated 'A' (adults only) while the filmmakers were asked to remove a scene of 15-second duration.