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Punjab Bans “Shooter” Film For Promoting Violence

CHANDIGARH – Hours after Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordered a ban on the movie ‘Shooter’, which is based on the life and crimes of notorious gangster Sukha Kahlwan, Punjab Police on Sunday registered a case against producer/promoter KV Singh Dhillon and others for allegedly promoting violence, heinous crimes, gangsterism, drugs extortion, threats and criminal intimidation.

Cases have been registered under Sections 153, 153A, 153B, 160, 107, 505 of the IPC, at Mohali, said a police spokesperson. The FIR said the movie ‘Shooter’ is likely to instigate youngsters to take up arms, and disturb peace and harmony.

The FIR came after the chief minister directed DGP Dinkar Gupta to look into the possible action that could be initiated against KV Singh Dhillon, who had reportedly promised in writing, back in 2019, that he would shelve the movie, originally titled ‘Sukha Khalwan’.

The DGP had also been asked to look into the role of the promoters, directors and actors of the movie.

According to an official spokesperson, Capt Amarinder has made it clear that his government will not allow any movies, songs etc that seek to promote crime, violence and gangsterism or crime in the state.

The DGP disclosed that the matter of banning this controversial movie in Punjab had been discussed at a meeting with the chief minister on Friday, along with a proposal from ADGP (Intelligence) Varinder Kumar, recommending a ban on the movie, whose trailer, released on January 18, suggested that the film was “highly radical”.

In view of the expected repercussions of the movie on the youth and apprehensions of disturbance of public order, “it would be appropriate if the release and screening of the movie be banned in the state of Punjab,” the ADGP had further stated, in a letter to Additional Chief Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Home Affairs & Justice.

The producer had earlier given his commitment after the Mohali police received a complaint about the movie glorifying gangster Kahlwan, who used to describe himself as “sharpshooter” and was allegedly involved in more than 20 cases, including murder, kidnapping and extortion.

He was shot dead by gangster Vicky Gounder and his accomplices on January 22, 2015, while he was being brought back to Patiala Jail after a court hearing in Jalandhar.

In his letter, Dhillon had written to SSP Mohali that “since you are of the opinion that the content of the film may hurt law and order situation, I am discontinuing the film project.”

But instead of abandoning the project, the producers evidently went ahead with the film, which was now scheduled for release on February 21 under the new title with a new name for its leading protagonist, according to the DGP.

The decision to ban the movie comes less than 10 days after the Mansa Police registered a case against Punjabi singers Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu (Sidhu Moosewala) and Mankirat Aulakh for propagating violence and crime through a video clip uploaded on social media.

It may be recalled that the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Civil Writ Petition 6213/2016 had already directed the DGPs of Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory, Chandigarh to ensure that no songs are played glorifying the liquor, drugs and violence in any song even in the live shows.

The court further directed that District Magistrates/SSPs of each district would be personally responsible for strict compliance of these directions.

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