With the head of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda sect, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, set to come up with his Hindi movie, his bête noire and Sikh preacher Baljit Singh Daduwal will be seen in a Punjabi movie that has been banned by the censor board.
The movie titled 'The Blood Street', where Daduwal plays the role of a religious preacher, has been banned in India but will be released internationally on November 28.
"The movie is based on atrocities against Sikhs during the militancy, particularly from 1984 onwards, and I play the role of a religious preacher in it .Though the movie has been banned in India, it will be released in other countries. We will approach the censor board again and request them to allow the release of the movie in India after removing objectionable scenes," said Daduwal.
The movie revolves around the family of a Sikh army man who comes home on leave and after witnessing the atrocities against Sikhs, raises his voice against it, only to be tortured by the police. His son also faces the same fate and in the process, comes in contact with a preacher (Daduwal) who motivates him to avenge the injustice meted out to his father. The movie stars Sardar Sohi, Sonpreet Jawanda and Satwindre Kaur and is produced by Harji Movies International.
Interestingly, Daduwal and the dera head have been at loggerheads over Daduwal playing an important role in protesting against Baba Ram Rahim after he allegedly tried to imitate Guru Gobind Singh in May 2007. The event led to clashes between Sikhs and dera followers in the region.
Daduwal, who once made common cause with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), earned the ire of the SAD leadership by supporting the formation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and was arrested on August 21 in an attempt to murder case in Faridkot district.
He was also booked under the Arms Act for keeping illegal arms and was subsequently arrested by Mansa district police in two more cases. He was granted bail in all the cases and released from jail on October 14.
Daduwal has hailed the decision of the Uttarakhand government to restore gurdwara Gyan Godri at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar.
Daduwal said devotees had been demanding restoration of the historic gurdwara that was destroyed during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He added he would lead a delegation to meet Uttarakhand chief minister, demanding restoration of the gurdwara at the same place.
Meanwhile, Dadwual said his followers had scheduled a religious event in Kot Shamir town from December 5-7 where he would be preaching.