Dharamshala: The foot thumping chartbuster ‘Sadda Haq, Aithe Rakh’ from the Ranbir Kapoor starrer ‘Rockstar’ which has taken the youngsters by the storm amid the ongoing Anna fever, has been entangled in a brewing controversy.

Tibetans thronged the roads at Mcleodganj in Himachal Pradesh on Monday protesting the decision of the Censor Board to remove the scene showing a Tibetan flag in the background. The Tibetan community claimed the decision to have been taken under the pressure from China and demanded to broadcast the song along with the scene.

Moreover, demonstrations were held by the ‘Students for a free Tibet’ in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata against the decision.

National Director, Students for a free Tibet, Dorjee Tseten said, “It’s not a crime to showcase Tibetan flag and banner in a film but the Censor Board of India has ordered the film director and producer to remove the scene before the film’s release.”

He said, “Everyone has a right to express his or her opinion in the Indian democracy. Several suicides have been committed by young Tibetans in the last eight months for the cause as Tibet is trying to convey the message to the world.” He has asked the censor board to allow the screening of the film including the scene and will meet the Chief Executive Officer Pankaja Thakur in this regard.

What’s the controversy

Some scenes of the film starring Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri have been shot at Norbulingka near Dharmshala. While Ranbir can be seen singing the song with scores of Tibetans swaying the Tibetan flag in the backdrop, it conveys his support for the cause. The Censor Board has objected to the scene on the grounds of creating confusion among the people.  ‘Rockstar’ is a film of a struggling young guy who is raising his voice against the injustice met to him.

JPN/Bureau