Government on Thursday barred the release of the controversial Punjabi film Kaum De Heere (Diamonds Of The Community) on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984 citing apprehensions of law and order problems in parts of the country.
The film produced by Parminder Takhar, Kanwaljit Singh and Sukhpal Mann was to open today. According to a source, the film is reportedly based on the lives of the assassins who were the PM’s bodyguards, Beant Singh, Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, and glorifies their act. Beant Singh was gunned down on the scene of the murder by the police and Satwant Singh was hanged later. The film was cleared by the CBFC’s Mumbai office on May 29 with an ‘A’ certificate and three cuts. According to some reports, Censor Board CEO Rakesh Kumar, who was arrested recently by CBI on corruption charges, cleared the film after allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh.
The Punjab units of the Congress and BJP had demanded a ban on the controversial film. And the decision to not release it was taken collectively by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Home Ministry and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) after watching the movie. “We saw the film and decided that it will not be released tomorrow because of the law and order situation that might result from the showing of the film and on the report of the Ministry of Home Affairs report,” CBFC Chairperson Leela Samson announced on Thursday.