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Punjabi film on Indira Gandhi assassination stayed; Producer claims political pressure

Friday, 22 August 2014 - 11:52am IST | Place: Chandigarh | Agency: ANI

Satish Katyal, producer of the controversial Punjabi movie Kaum De Heere, has said that he suspects political pressure behind the withdrawal of censor certificate of his movie by the censor board.

The movie is reportedly based on the assassination of former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.

Katyal said, "It is an unethical practice by the censor board. On 29th of May the Censor Board gave us clearance after watching the movie four times. Then on 17th of August officers from Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Ministry of Home Affairs and Censor Board watched the movie and after watching the movie they didn't tell us anything."

He said, "We were all set to release the movie on Friday when at 7 pm on Thursday we were told that they have some objections in the movie," adding, "What I want to ask is that when they watched the movie on 29th May and 17th August there were no objections, what happened during these four days that now they have objections in the movie and they have also withdrawn the censor certificate. Was it some political pressure?"

He also questioned that if the objection is due to political pressure then how can politicians stop the movie without even watching it.

When asked what his next step is going to be, he replied, "We will reapply for censor certificate because censor board has withdrawn the certificate and not banned the movie. If things don't work out then we will approach the court."

Earlier, Katyal had said that his film on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination is based on the life story of Satwant Singh and Beant Singh and does not contain any controversial stuff. 




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