Punjab court dismisses appeal against `Jo Bole`

Last Updated: Wed, May 18, 2005 07:40 hrs

Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee's (SGPC) appeal to remove certain objectionable scenes from the film Jo Bole So Nihal which features Bollywood actor Sunny Deol.

When the SGPC approached the High Court to remove the Sikh religious war cry from the title and song sequences of the film, the court directed it to move a formal petition later this week.

"The counsel for the Censor Board has produced the fresh orders passed by the Censor (Board) accepting the movie without any further cuts. That order has been placed on record and the bench has adjourned the case to 19th to enable the petitioners to file proper case by way of affidavits or amended petitions to challenge the last order passed and placed on record today," said Rajiv Atmaram, counsel for the film's producers.

Regretting the court's decision, the SGPC said that Jo Bole So Nihal was a religious slogan chanted only inside a Gurudwara (Sikh shrine) or on the battlefield.

In the past, the phrase was used to spiritually lift Sikhs believing in the eternal truth or god.

SGPC says the title of the movie appeals to the religious devotees, but the film hurts their sentiments. "I am extremely sorry that the High Court did not consider the letter written by the SGPC (Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee) to the Censor Board. The idea of few people who are sitting in the Censor Board has been considered which is absolutely wrong. When the representative body has written that it is a wrong title to us, it should have been considered," said Hardip Singh, a member of the SGPC and the petitioner.

The movie has invited the flak of several Sikh organisations who say that the title of the movie has nothing to do with the content. They say the film shows skimpily clad girls chasing the hero with a soundtrack which has quotes from the Sikh scriptures.

The movie which stars Bollywood action hero Sunny Deol is about an innocent and lovable Sikh, who has a trimmed beard in half of the movie and is clean-shaven in the rest. Shaving off the beard is against one of the five tenets of Sikh religion.

Deol is a constable in a small Punjabi town who gets duped by a criminal running a international crime syndicate. The story of the film revolves around Deol's quest to bring this crook to book, involving travel to New York. The first half of the movie can be described as a rollicking comedy of errors, but the storyline in the second half goes somewhat awry, leaving the watcher bemused. ANI

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