Punjab government bans on controversial comedy movie Santa Banta

Chandigarh 25th April 2016: The Punjab government on April 23 imposed on the screening of movie ‘Santa Banta Private Limited’. An official press statement states that the ban was imposed on Santa Banta Private Limited movie for portraying the Sikh community in a denigrating and defamatory manner.

Punjab government bans on controversial comedy movie Santa Banta
Manjit Singh GK and others protesting against Santa Banta Movie in Delhi on April 22

A decision to this effect was taken today after a delegation of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee (DSGMC) led by its President Manjit Singh GK called on Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and apprised him of this issue. The delegation, which included Manjinder Sirsa, Avtar Hit, Onkar Thapar, Kuldeep Singh Bhogal and Harmanjeet Singh said there was a unanimous feeling in the Sikh community that the movie was making a laughing stock of the community. The delegation said the movie had hurt the sentiments of the community.

After giving a patient hearing to the delegation and taking appropriate feedback the Deputy CM directed the State chief secretary to ban screening of the movie in Punjab. The ban will come into effect immediately.

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