The release of a film “Shooter” based on Punjabi gangster-Sukha Kahlwan has been banned in Punjab and Haryana.
A petition has now been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the ban. The petition filed by filmmaker Kewal Singh said that the ban imposed on the film by the Haryana and Punjab governments was illegal.
During the debate in the case, Vijay Pal, counsel for the bench, told the bench that in February last year, Haryana and the Punjab government had issued a notification to stop the release of the film in their respective states.
On March 10, 2020, the Central Board of Film Certification issued the film release certificate. The Supreme Court has also made it clear in another Prakash Jha case that once the Central Board of Film Certificates issues a release certificate to a film, it cannot be barred.
The court was told that the petitioner had sought legal notice from the Punjab and Haryana government to withdraw the ban on the film but the government had not taken any decision so far.
The High Court was asked to quash the government’s order and allow the release of the film. After hearing all sides, the High Court adjourned the matter till Tuesday.
Controversy over what’s on the film shooter
The film is based on the life of gangster Sukha Kahlwan. Kahlwan had more than three dozen criminal cases registered against him. The film was accused of promoting violence as well as gun culture.
Following these allegations, the Punjab CM had also ordered action against KV Dhillon, a producer of the film. The film was banned by the Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh administrations after it came under controversy.
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