Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar has objected to the ‘A’ certification given to Punjabi historical film ‘Saka Nankana Sahib’ by the Central Board of Film Certification before its release.
In a statement issued here on behalf of Makkar, SGPC additional secretary Daljit Singh Bedi said an ‘A’ certificate to a film depicting historical events was surprising. The film is based on protests that Sikhs launched against the British government for seeking control of its historical shrines such as Nankana Sahib by ousting those who were loyal to the government of the times, the statement said.
“It seems that the censor board has two sets of rules----one for Hindi movies and the other for regional language films, particularly Punjabi movies. In the recent past, a couple of Punjabi films based on realistic events have had problems before their release. This approach should be done away with,” the statement added.
The statement further said that if ‘Saka Nankana Sahib’ contained violence, the makers of the film cannot be blamed as they have depicted events as these occurred. A large number of Sikhs were martyred by the British in this struggle and Indian leaders of the times had recognised the sacrifices made while confronting the British, the statement pointed out.
The statement said there was no senseless depiction of violence in the Punjabi movie. On the contrary a number of Hindi films containing unnecessary violence are often given the go-ahead by censor board, the statement claimed. It appealed to the censor board to show flexibility in its approach and withdraw the ‘A’ certificate awarded to the Punjabi movie.