Controversy surrounding the Punjabi film Sadda Haq seems to have worked in its favour as the makers have increased the prints ahead of its release today.
Sadda Haq was banned in Punjab,Delhi,Haryana,Jammu and Chandigarh a day ahead of its earlier scheduled release April 5. The ban was lifted following the Supreme Court’s order.
“We are happy that the film is finally releasing even with an A-certificate. The ban and the controversy have actually worked in our favour inspite of the harassment that we faced. We could not have fought more,” Siddhu said at a press conference here.
“Had the ban continued,we would have incurred losses in India but now we have doubled the print. Earlier,we were releasing the film with 48 prints but now we are screening it with 80 prints.”
The film ran into trouble for allegedly glorified the Khalistan movement. It is set in Punjab of the late 1980s and ’90s.
Siddhu said filmmakers should not be denied the freedom of expression.
“Even after a 100 years of Indian cinema,filmmakers feel suffocated as they are denied the opportunity of expressing themselves in the country. Whenever attempts are made of making a hard-hitting film,people hit the streets to burn the cinemas. If you don’t like the film then don’t watch it,” Siddhu said.
Directed by Mandeep Benipal,the film stars Kuljinder Singh Sidhu,Gaurav Kakkar,Dhriti Sharan and Parmod Moutho. Director Benipal said that they have already released Sadda Haq in 10 countries and will take it to seven more countries. He is also in talks with BBC to sell film’s rights.