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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Film "Kaum De Heere" banned from Indian Theaters

I have watched this film, and  it is one of the finest films in understanding terrorism. There is a message to the government and to the public, "don't mess with things that are sacred to others." There is a message to the politicians,  particularly the likes of Rajiv Gandhi that Rajneeti is about building cohesive societies and not inciting revenge. There is a message to those who have the ugly majoritarian arrogance that they are superior and all others need to be put in their place .... there is unfinished business out there, the Sikh Massacres is not resolved. The right wing Indians bury their head in sand, but if we don't sit down and bring a resolution to the Sikh Massacre with an apology, justice and accountability of the bodies, the apprehension and pain will continue... You have got to see this film to learn about social harmony.

Indeed, I agree with the censor about the film - it could create violence in some pockets, and my suggestion to the producers is to add a disclaimer at the beginning, then the film would be understood in its context. 

I wish I could write about this film, but you have to see it.

Mike Ghouse

Film "Kaum De Heere" banned from Indian Theaters

NEW DELHI — A government body has blocked the release of a film dramatizing the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, which had been scheduled for release Friday, on the grounds that it could incite religious tensions.
Critics said the Punjabi-language film, “Kaum De Heere,” depicted Mrs. Gandhi’s killers in a favorable or even romanticized light. Mrs. Gandhi was gunned down by two of her own bodyguards, who were Sikh; the assassination was followed by riots throughout India in which thousands of Sikhs were killed.
The Central Board of Film Certification, whose approval is required before any film can be shown in Indian theaters, had originally cleared “Kaum De Heere” for release but reversed its decision on Thursday. That reversal came after the Home Ministry called the film “highly objectionable,” according to a report in the Press Trust of India.
“The problem lies in the fact that it eulogizes things it shouldn’t,” Leela Samson, chairwoman of the Central Board of Film Certification, said of the film on Friday. “Like taking the law into your own hands.”
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