As the film approaches it's release dates, new facts about Shooter are surfacing. In a recent development, the Punjab and Haryana high court has been told by the Centre that this film does not have a Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) certificate, thus it is not eligible for public viewing.
On February 14, during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL), Dheeraj Jain, Centre counsel informed the Punjab and Haryana high court that the Union Of India has not issued a public exhibition certificate to the movie which means that it hasn't been examined by the competent authorities for the issuance of the certificate.
Before this date, the high court, on February 13, had asked the Chandigarh administration and Haryana government to decide on the ban of the movie in their respective jurisdiction.
Shooter, due for release on Feb 21, was banned in Punjab on Feb 9 after a complaint got filed against it for glorifying gangster culture and violence.
In the detailed order, the court has directed the Centre to treat the PIL as a representation and take a decision expeditiously in accordance with the law. The development may put the producers in a spot as lawyers said that without clearance from the CBFC, the promos of the movie could not have been telecast. Punjab has already registered an FIR against the producer.
Shooter is a film closely based on the life of Punjab's notorious gangster Sukha Kahlon, also called as sharpshooter, who was involved in more than 20 cases, including extortion, kidnapping and murder. He was shot dead by another gangster on January 22, 2015, while he was being taken back to Patiala Jail after a court hearing in Jalandhar.