The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has allowed the Punjab government to play the movie Chaar Sahibzaade for free on the 51 publicity vans that will propagate its achievements.
The animated movie is based on the lives of the four sons of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh guru. Ruled by the SAD(B), the SGPC was criticised for buying the rights to the movie from producer Harry Baweja for Rs 4 crore and that too just months after the movie’s release. SGPC claimed that it had brought rights of movie to produce the DVDs for free distribution among public.
Recently, Abohar Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO) Baljit Kaur Dhillon had objected to putting up pictures of Akali leaders along with the Gurus of ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’. Within 12 hours of her public objection on Facebook to the move, she was transferred to Chandigarh for unknown reasons.
The Punjab government, however, claims that the movie is not being showcased to advertise its work alone. The vans, with the tagline ‘Punjab da Parkash’, will travel to all constituencies to highlight the government schemes.
Sukhdev Singh, secretary in the SGPC, did not go into details of the venture. He, however, said that the government did not pay any money for playing the movie in publicity vans.
“It’s for free. Even you can come and take DVD for free,” said Sukhdev Singh.
“We have taken permission from the SGPC to run the movie. We have not made any payment for that,” said Kanwaljit Singh, director, Public Relation Department.