‘Once upon a time in Amritsar’ maker threatens to sue SGPC for losses

The makers of Punjabi film ‘Once upon a time in Amritsar’ have threatened to file a writ against the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for causing losses worth crores of rupees to them by posing ‘undue hurdles’ in the movie’s timely release.
The film was released on June 10 after nothing objectionable was found in them. The scenes that had stirred a controversy show actors pointing guns at each other with Sri Darbar Sahib in the background.
The filmmakers clarified that these scenes were never shot through lens in the Golden Temple parikrama, but were incorporated through a digital ‘chroma’ technique later.

Harjit Singh Ricky, the director of the film, said, “The film that was to be released on April 29 was put on hold by the CBFC after the SGPC complained that the movie could cause disturbance and communal violence. The SGPC gave its illogical verdict just on the basis of a trailer. Later, a CBFC team saw the film and gave a green signal. After the film got released on June 10, I arranged a special show for an SGPC panel led by Diljit Singh Bedi on Sunday in Amritsar and they too didn’t find anything objectionable. Yet, the delay on their part cost us a loss of Rs 3.5 crore,” he said.

The filmmakers today met SGPC chief secretary Harcharan Singh to submit a request that the SGPC should come out in support of the film.
While Bedi could not be contacted despite repeated attempts, Harcharan Singh said, “I have not seen the film, I can’t comment on it.”

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