Taking a grim view of the movie "Quam de heeray" (Diamonds of the community) dealing with Indira Gandhi's assassination, the union home ministry has asked the information and broadcasting ministry to rethink the decision to give a clearance to the film.
The film has already been released internationally and is slated for release in over 100 movie theaters across north India with an Adult certificate of the Censor Board.
Alerted by the Intelligence Bureau's view that the film can hurt the feelings of people and can lead to animosity between two religious communities, the union home ministry took a view in a meeting on Thursday that the film has the potential to affect communal harmony in Punjab and northern states. The ministry noted that some of the film's content was "highly objectionable" and can lead to enemity between communities and communal tension.
The Punjab units of Congress and BJP have already demanded a ban on the controversial film. The movie allegedly glorifies the act of the three assassins — Beant Singh, Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh — of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
The movie is scheduled for release on Friday. Yet despite securing clearance from the censor board, its screening can be stopped if the Centre feels that it is not in the interest of national security, sources said.
The movie has another alleged blot of securing clearance from the Censor Board CEO Rakesh Kumar after paying him a bribe of Rs 1 lakh. The film's producer, Pardeep Bansal, however, said that the film is based on true incidents and on the findings of the Justice Thakkar Commission, which had probed Mrs. Gandhi's assassination.
"It is a completely balanced film wherein no religion or sect has been belittled. Some people are unnecessarily trying to create a controversy without watching the movie," said Bansal.