Youth Congress hails move to ban Punjabi film, producer may move court

A day after the Centre barred the release of Punjabi film `Kaum De Heere`, Congress` youth wing on Friday hailed the move as "timely" claiming that it would have done "irreversible harm" to the state.

PTI| Updated: Aug 22, 2014, 22:11 PM IST

Chandigarh: A day after the Centre barred the release of Punjabi film `Kaum De Heere`, Congress` youth wing on Friday hailed the move as "timely" claiming that it would have done "irreversible harm" to the state.

However, producer of the movie denounced the move alleging that it was taken under "political pressure."
The producer, Satish Katyal, said he will again apply for a censor certificate as the "Censor Board had not banned the film".

"If things do not work out, then we will approach the court," he said. State youth Congress president Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary said the party took a "logical stand" by writing letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajanth Singh seeking their immediate intervention.

"PYC had strongly objected to the exhibition of such art forms which could do irreversible harm to Punjab, which has yet not forgotten the dark days of terrorism," he said.

Punjab is now fighting yet another battle against "narco-terrorism" which has gripped over 70 per cent of its youth, Chaudhary said.

"Exhibition of such movies pose threat to the peace which has been hard earned by the sacrifice of leaders like late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, late Beant Singh (Chief Minister of Punjab) and innumerable innocent men, women and children," he said.

Meanwhile, Katyal, producer of the controversial film said that he suspects "political pressure" behind the withdrawal of the censor certificate of his movie by the Censor Board.

The film was slated to be released today. How can politicians stop the movie without even watching it, he questioned.
Katyal said he will again apply for a censor certificate as the "Censor Board had not banned the film". "If things do not work out, then we will approach the court," he said.

The Centre had yesterday barred the release of controversial Punjabi film `Kaum De Heere` on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi`s assassination citing apprehensions of law and order problems in parts of the country.