Aug 18, 2014: Another Punjabi film on the Delhi Sikh massacre in 1984, ‘Dilli 1984′, has been refused a certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification in India (CBFC). This is the third film on the issue to have been refused a certificate. Films titled ’47 to 84’ and ‘Kaum De Heere’ cleared earlier are to be released on August 22.
Films on the 1984 riots at the Punjab turmoil made handsome profits in countries such as the UK, Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand, that have a sizeable Sikh population. Ashok Gupta, director of ‘Dilli 1984’, said the film was to be released worldwide on September 12. With the censor board refusing to clear the film, efforts were now afoot to release the film outside India. I have already announced that 20% of the profit will be spent on the welfare of the 1984 riot victims.”
Gupta said the film’s narrative was inspired by the life of Jagdish Kaur, a survivor and witness to the riots. He added, “A film show for the CBFC was screened in Mumbai on Thursday. The four-member committee unanimously decided that the film was not fit for public viewing.”
He said he would seek a review of the decision and even approach the court.