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Punjabi movie, Toofan Singh, starring Ranjit Bawa has been again refused clearance by the Indian Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) for it’s release in India. The movie is based on the life of a Khalistani militant. Toofan Singh is the story of a young Sikh boy growing up in Punjab during the turbulent 1980’s. The story charters his pursuit for justice, survival and equality for all.
It was going to be the debut movie of Punjabi singer Ranjit Bawa and was originally scheduled for a release on July 15, 2016. However, the board and the producers were unable to reach a consensus which made the censor board refuse clearance. A subsequent revising committee refused certification in September 2016 citing that “the film depicts anti-national elements and glorifies the Khalistan movement.” Board’s decision paved the way for the fresh submission on July 13, 2017 to the CBFC.The film also directorial debut of Baghal Singh, who said, “It is highly disappointing that the CBFC have refused clearance despite our full co-operation with all industry rules and regulations. Furthermore, they have made it clear that regardless of our efforts, clearance will never be granted.”Toofan Singh is a semi-biographical story based on Bhai Jugraj Singh Toofan and his pursuit for justice and equality for all. He grew up in the turbulent 80s of Punjab. He was known for fighting against brutality and injustice and stood by everyone’s side regardless of their caste or religion. The life and heroics of Bhai Jugraj Singh Toofan cemented his name in modern day Punjabi folklore amongst all sections of society. Over one million people of all faiths attended the funeral when he lost his life to Police bullets at the tender age of nineteen.
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