Film #Santa&Banta has banned in ‘Maharashtra’
The Punjab government banned ‘Santa Banta Private Limited’ on Saturday, It claims that the movie heart the Sikh community in a denigrating and defamatory manner.Late Saturday, the Maharashtra Sikh Association urged CM Devendra Fadnavis to ban the film ‘Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd.’
The film has faced legal hurdles elsewhere in the country, including in New Delhi, for its content which the Sikh community has strongly opposed. Bal Malkit Singh of the MSA claimed the Punjab government had issued a notification banning the film on Saturday after a delegation met CM Sukhbir Singh Badal. “Now that Punjab, which is our home state, has taken the lead, Maharashtra should follow suit,” he said.
Last week, the Bombay high court, while hearing petition by a Mumbai Sikh Congress leader, refused to grant an interim stay on film’s release on April 22.
Malkit Singh admitted he had not seen the film. “The filmmakers declined to screen it for us before release. But we are objecting to everything, from the title to the promos as well as the jokes made in the film. Since Friday’s release, I have received reports from viewers who did not like the portrayal of our community.”
Director Akashdeep Sabir said he had showed the film to various segments of the Sikh community who did not find anything objectionable. He said producers Viacom would determine the further course of action on Monday. The case comes up for hearing in the Bombay high court on April 27. “Meanwhile, we have lost valuable revenues in the first weekend itself,” Akashdeep said.
The advocates for the film producers said the Central Board of Film Censors has advised reasonable cuts after a review of the film.
After hearing the arguments from both sides, the judges directed the respondents to file their affidavits by April 27 when the matter would come up for hearing again.