Kaum De Heere: Film on Indira assassination barred from release

The Punjab units of Congress and BJP have demanded a ban on the controversial film.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 22, 2014 10:41 am
 Gandhi was shot dead by her two Sikh bodyguards at herofficial residence in New Delhi on October 31, 1984. Gandhi was shot dead by her two Sikh bodyguards at herofficial residence in New Delhi on October 31, 1984.

A day before its scheduled release across the country, Punjabi film Kaum De Heere — based on lives of former PM Indira Gandhi’s assassins — has run into trouble as the Centre has decided to withdraw its censor certification, thus barring its August 22 release.

The decision, taken under Rule 32 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules 1983, came amidst apprehensions expressed by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Intelligence Bureau that the film’s release could spark a “law and order situation” in many parts of the country.

Rule 32 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules 1983 pertains to re-examination of certified films and states that “the Central Government may, if it considers necessary so to do, direct the Chairman to re-examine any film (in respect of which a complaint has been received by it directly or through the Board) in such manner and with such assistance as may be specified in the direction”.

“We saw the film and decided that it will not be released tomorrow,” Central Board of Film Certification’s Chairperson Leela Samson said on Thursday. “Because of the law and order situation that might result from the showing of the film and based on the Ministry of Home Affairs report, the ministry, the CBFC and I&B officials took the decision,” she added.

Samson clarified that the refusal to allow the screening could not be called a ban and that the producers still had legal remedy available in the shape of the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). The film had been cleared by the CBFC with an A Certification after making necessary cuts.

Meanwhile, government sources said that the film’s content was highly sensitive in nature and could have led to a major law and order issues.

“The film clearly glorifies Indira Gandhi’s assassins. How can glorification of enemies of the state be permitted on celluloid?” a senior government official asked. The sources added that after watching the film at a special screening, they “could not see any reason why the film was cleared by the Censor Board in the first place”.

Earlier, based on an IB report, the Union Home Ministry had decided that the movie could hurt the sentiments of people. Home Minister Rajnath Singh was apprised of the matter and a special screening was held for IB and Home Ministry officials. “We watched the movie and found it was glorifying assassins of a former Prime Minister of the country. We had reports that it could lead to tension in some areas and also hurt sentiments. Since our hands were tied due to a 2002 Supreme Court case, we had asked the I&B ministry to take appropriate action. We recommended that the movie should not be screened,” said a home ministry official. An advisory was also issued to all states that the film’s screening could lead to law and order problem.

The film’s producer Satish Katyal said the move to halt its release was a result of “political drama and political pressure.”

He added that the directive also questioned the importance of the CBFC certificate which they received on May 29. “The CBFC watched the film four times and on last Sunday too. All four times it cleared the film, then why this sudden turnaround? What really happened that made them stop the film from playing in cinemas tomorrow?” says Katyal, adding how they incurred major losses.

“All these months, we’ve been promoting the film, marketing, getting distributors on board, finalising cinemas and slots and dates, and it will all go waste tomorrow,” he rued.

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    Amit Mahajan
    Aug 22, 2014 at 5:22 am
    SHAME on People who promote such movie, glorifying terrorist. These people deliberately choose such topic to make easy money. Now when state have taken correct decision to block this, these s regret financial loss.I am living in US and personally, I have seen how Khalistani terrorist supported actively promoting this movie. Modi government have once again shown that nation first.
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      Arul Charles
      Aug 22, 2014 at 3:42 am
      can you say what happened on that time
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        Paramjeet
        Aug 22, 2014 at 5:03 am
        It is a great farce. Then why glorify Indira hi who was responsible for butchering thousands of innocent Sikhs in 1984 at Amritsar and else here in India? Where is democracy and secularism now? wHY Golden Temple was attacked by army with tanks and Oberoi Hotel saved by using commandos.
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          Paramjeet
          Aug 22, 2014 at 5:09 am
          Like Congress BJP too is partisan towards Sikhs. Then why glorify Indira hi who was responsible for butchering thousands of innocent Sikhs in 1984 at Amritsar and else here in India? Where is democracy and secularism now? wHY Golden Temple was attacked by army with tanks and Oberoi Hotel saved by using commandos.
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            Paramjeet
            Aug 22, 2014 at 5:21 am
            Why BJP is not insuting SIT fo Saharanpur Sikh Carnage? bjp too is siding with anti Sikh elements.
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              Paramjeet
              Aug 22, 2014 at 5:30 am
              Why cant successive Govts filed to punish those responsible for Sikh Macre in 1984? Even BJP has not insute SIT in Sikh Carnage at Saharanpur.
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                gurpz
                Aug 22, 2014 at 9:42 am
                sikh guru saved hindu religion. unless all hindus would be now muslims i.e. narendra modi would have been narendra khan. think
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                  Jaspreet Jaspreet
                  Sep 8, 2014 at 6:14 am
                  Still 1984 is history and a filmmaker should have right to showcase history!! If you want drugs issue you make a movie on drugs..why snatch away creative rights of filmmakers??
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                    Jaspreet Jaspreet
                    Sep 8, 2014 at 6:13 am
                    The very reason that you are talking so casually about it is the reason why people should be told about it..Besides it's part of Indian History..Do you want your kids only to learn Mahabharat and Ramayana and no REAL history??
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                      Big
                      Aug 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm
                      How can these killers be termed "heroes"? When one dons the uniform of a bodyguard the responsibility is much higher than any religion dictates. Gunning down a defenseless lady with automatic weapons is no heroism; it is the high of cowardice, betrayal, and everything low that can be found in human character. The same goes for those who brought down Air-India 747 over the Atlantic that originated in Vancouver BC. Such sardars bring shame upon their entire community.
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                        naluthengil
                        Aug 23, 2014 at 8:12 am
                        All Indians know the w story of what happenned. Why should there be a film on this? it shows that a few people want to make a fast buck out of a movie.
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                          navjit
                          Aug 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm
                          It is not about hi or anyone, it is about the govt.s trying to enslave its own ppl by concealing informations and making the us feel like fools. Banning a movie is a poor show by govt. If we are right as a nation, what are we scared of. Be it Godse`s words, S.C Bose disappearance, LBS dying in Russia. Why everything is always hidden.
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                            radar
                            Aug 22, 2014 at 3:14 am
                            why can't the Govt. initiate action against the makers of the film. The makers of this film should be charged with treason and punished accordingly. When will India stop being a soft country ?
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                              singh
                              Aug 22, 2014 at 8:54 am
                              feel pity on thoughts of people,rape crimes are increased day by day but vulgar songs movies are released in thousands no ban. so called terrorist born in india lives in golden temple indian army destroy holiest place of community and kills thousand innocent, terrorist from cross border attack hotel taj kill indians but indian army never attack taj, many question runs only one answer indians are dead sleeping.
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                                Punjabi@heart
                                Aug 22, 2014 at 6:22 am
                                There is always a demand for punishing the perpetrators of 84 riots. But nobody raises the issue of Punjab riots that continued for 10 years. Losses suffered by those innocent Punjabis were no less. The unfortunate part is that they have no political voice.Whoever came to protect themare termed as Kaum de dushman like Beant Singh and their killers Kaum de Heere.
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                                  KA
                                  Aug 22, 2014 at 11:40 am
                                  BJP didn't put SIT to hindu-muslim riots in UP too dear..so its wrong to say that BJP siding with anti-sikh... Plus BJP siding with anti sikh (in this case muslims) is a far-fetched idea
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                                    KA
                                    Aug 22, 2014 at 11:52 am
                                    Hindus are never anti-sikh, Operation blue star, though executed in a bad way, was aimed at extremists, anti-national elements and not sikhs in particular
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                                      KA
                                      Aug 22, 2014 at 11:43 am
                                      I know killing of so many innocents is outrageous, but NSG commandos group was itself formulated after operation blue star (check wiki), and other operations like black thunder to fight extremists in punjab was executed by NSG only
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                                        KA
                                        Aug 22, 2014 at 11:34 am
                                        True...Punjabi's are known for their warm heartedness and patriotism, relation between both the communities has vastly improved over the period of time, lets not break this bond. Real threat today is drugs, alcohol and joblessness .. and people their should focus on the same
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                                          Sharry Saini
                                          Aug 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm
                                          s who said u to bann this great movie? want a slap from me right on ur face ?
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                                            Snehil
                                            Aug 22, 2014 at 5:57 am
                                            Yes the the movie shouldn't be banned, congress has already planned "Riotic and revolt against the maker, if the movie released, as such Modi Govt don't want to see another old roit to open in his government rule. Indira i by any means is having so many followers, it is truth that all the sikhs and punjabi, including me because am also punjabi, should accept this bitter truth. She is a great personality as per many indians, release of such movie can create chaos in nation wide. For the peace and harmony, the movie must not be released for Theaters. Hoper, intelligent people will understand this, think for nation first then for Punjab, second thing, the phenomenon that is really killing Punjab's harmony must focus on drugs, alcohols etc. We Punjabi should fight against drugs and all this nonsense...............
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