Why Diljit Dosanjh Upcoming Biopic Got Censor Cert After 21 Cuts? Reason Inside

Diljit Dosanjh and Arjun Rampal will be sharing the screen for their next film tentatively called Ghallughara. Reportedly, the film has received censor certificate with 21 scenes cut from it by the Central Board Of Film Certification. This movie is the story of Jaswant Singh Khalra, a Sikh human rights activist when Punjab was in a state of insurgency in the 1990s. This film is directed by Honey Trehan. 

The CBFC has cut certain scenes because they believe that the scenes in the film are provocative, inciting violence, and communal and have the potential to radicalize the Sikh youth which in turn can affect the sovereignty and integrity of India. The scenes also may affect the relations of India with foreign countries. The title of the film, its disclaimer and some dialogues are also required to be removed. 

RSVP Movies has filed an appeal in the Bombay High Court under section 5 c of the Cinematograph Act and has challenged the cuts being violative of Article 19 (1) (A) of the Indian Constitution. They have also appealed that the cuts do not fall under the scope of Article 5 B of the Cinematograph Act. 

The case has been placed before Honourable Justice RI Chagla on July 14, 2023. 

This film was submitted for review to CBFC in December 2022 however there were several delays. There was no response from CBFC even after the 3 months got elapsed. Due to this RSVP Movies had filed a writ petition in May 2023 and CBFC stated that the certification will be provided by May 26, 2023.

The decision which the RSVP movies received was not in their favour as it contained several cuts and modifications which is why the appeal has been filed before the Bombay High Court which is still pending as of now.

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