Editor’s Note: This article was last updated May 17, 2013 at 6:15 AM IST to include statement from Sadda Haq team. See bottom for details.
PATIALA, Punjab (May 16, 2013)—Although the movie by Kuljinder Singh Sidhu and Dinesh Sood has been welcomed by Punjabis living outside, problems seem to endure in Punjab. It is only now that Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana has shared his criticism over the movie. Bhai Rajoana is lodged in Patiala Central Jail for the assassination case of former CM Beant ‘Singh’ since 1995. He however only came to the limelight recently after his execution orders were passed by the Government last year.
Bhai Rajoana has called the movie story line “fake” and stated that Bhai Hawara was not even in Chandigarh when the bomb blast took place.
POTENTIAL THREAT TO THE CASE OF BHAI HAWARA AND LIVES OF MOVIE CREW
The statement by Bhai Rajoana is being seen as damaging to the court case of Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara. Did Bhai Rajoana purposely make this statement in order to irk Bhai Hawara to claim some responsibility in this case? Due to absence of proofs against him, Bhai Hawara has already denied involvement in the assassination plot to challenge the court judgment. Hawara however refused to file a mercy plea so he does face an eminent execution threat. If Bhai Hawara does come up and takes responsibility, it would only hurt his case, and those of others.
The threat by Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana has also put the movie makers of Sadda Haq in jeopardy. Bhai Rajoana has stated that the movie was made with the ultimate motive of promoting Bhai Hawara. Kuljinder Singh Sidhu and Dinesh Sood have already been threatened by KP Gill for promoting terrorism.
The movie’s main character Kartar Singh Baaz has been inspired from Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, while a sub character, Rajwant Singh Raja seems to have been inspired from Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana. The movie disclaimer however clearly states that any similarities in the movie to real life incidents are purely coincidental.
The statement by Bhai Rajoana has come after the Shiromani Akali Dal had already shown its reluctance to allow the movie in Punjab, despite the Supreme Court and the Censor Board having given it a green light. The Akali Government had tried its best to stop the movie from screening.
Updates: The following message was shared on the Sadda Haq Facebook fan page –
“Sat Siri Akal, from the very first day we have been telling all of you that Sadda Haq is inspired from true events but we never said its a true story or a biopic. The recent controversy on this issue is meaningless so please don’t argue on this issue. As most of you who know the reality should inform others that we have taken the cinematic liberty to present the real story of Punjab. The objective of the movie was to present the true picture of that era in a creative way and we feel that we have achieved our Goal quite successfully so please avoid any unnecessary controversy on this issue. WAHEGURU”