Chandigarh: The Censor Board today banned Punjabi film “The Mastermind: Jinda Sukha” after objections were raised by the Union Home Ministry on its release on the grounds that it glorified the acts of the killers of General AS Vaidya who was the Army Chief during Operation Bluestar in 1984.
The ban clamped on the Indian release of the film based on the life of Harjinder Singh Jinda and Sukhdev Singh Sukha — who assassinated General Vaidya in 1986 — notwithstanding, the producers will go ahead with its release abroad as scheduled on September 11.
The censors had cleared the film on July 24. Board chairperson Pehlaj Nihalani today conveyed the decision to ban the movie to its director Sukhjinder Shera who was summoned to Mumbai by the board authorities. The board authorities had previewed the movie on Tuesday.
“We had offered that we could remove some objectionable scenes, but they told us that the entire movie was objectionable,” said director Shera.
“We are going ahead with the release of the film in foreign countries on September 11. We are also mulling to knock on the doors of the Supreme Court against the ban. The board has also suggested us to go to the apex court,” said Shera.
The Union Home Ministry had approached the censor board after the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had raised objections based on its reports that there was a sudden and ‘newfound rush’ to make films on sensitive issues like Operation Bluestar and 1984 anti-Sikh riots apparently to ‘exploit’ Sikh sentiments.