Following serious concerns raised by the Union home ministry about Punjabi film Kaum De Heere, based on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination, the Centre on Thursday banned the movie’s release.
The home ministry informed the information and broadcasting ministry that the film, to be released on Friday, could disturb peace in Punjab and other northern states. Sources said, based on alerts from the Intelligence Bureau, the home ministry presented its views to the I&B ministry and stated that the film “glorifies the killers” of Gandhi and could “hurt the sentiments of people, leading to law and order problems”.
“Because of the law and order situation that might result from the screening of the film and based on the Ministry of Home Affairs report, the home ministry, the CBFC and I&B officials have decided that the film will not be released tomorrow,” said Leela Samson, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification.
Sources said the film, reportedly based on the lives of Gandhi’s assassins Beant Singh, Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, lauds their actions.
There were reports that Censor Board CEO Rakesh Kumar, arrested recently by the CBI on corruption charges, cleared the film after allegedly taking a bribe of Rs.1 lakh.
The film’s producer, Pardeep Bansal, said the film is based on true incidents, according to the findings of the Justice Thakkar Commission that had probed the 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