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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 135m 11s

BBFCInsight Contains scenes of torture and sexualised threat

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Mandeep Benipal

Cast includes Kuljinder Sidhu, Nidhu Sidhu, Talwinder Bhullar, Naginder Gakhar, Yaad Grewal, Sunny Gill and Amritpal Singh.

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 28/03/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SADDA HAQ is a Punjabi language drama in which an expatriate female academic researches the case of Sikh militants who are being held by the police. It is rated 15 for scenes of torture and sexualised threat.

There are scenes in which Sikh characters are beaten and threatened by policemen. In one flashback two prisoners are seen naked with their hands and legs tied down. They are subsequently seen hanging upside down, implying torture. The flashback continues with detail of the prisoners being tied to the ground and beaten repeatedly with sticks by several policemen. There is also sight of bloody scars on their backs.

In one scene a man is tied up in a police room and subjected to brutal interrogation by a corrupt police character. His wife is brought in holding a small child. The policeman proceeds to lay the woman on a table and force himself on top of her. He is seen pulling off her dupatta scarf to imply attempted sexual assault. Later on a flashback is shown which includes some more detail, including forcible kissing of the woman and the sight of the woman standing with her clothes ripped off her shoulder.

The film also contains some moderate violence, including bloodless gun shootings and a suicide bombing.

There is some use of mild bad language (eg 'ass', 'bullshit', 'bastard').

No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.


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