Gangtok: Sikkim Government has announced a temporary ban on the release of the controversial Nepali film Kabaddi 4, amid outrage over slapping monk.
”Considering the sentiments of the people of Sikkim, various associations and organizations the State Government has decided to impose ban on the release of Kabbadi 4 in the State until the dispute is resolved in an acceptable manner ” said Chief Minister P S Tamang.
Kabbadi 4: The final match, movie produced in Nepal under the banner of Baasuri and Sushma Production with a budget of 3 crores has been doing well in Nepal since May.
Unfortunately Miruna Magar, a Nepali actress allegedly slapped a Buddhist monk Phurba Lama accusing him of touching her inappropriately. The film has fallen into controversy. Consequently, the All India Buddhist Association and Sikkim Buddhist Association wanted an apology from the actress unconditionally.
After much hue and cry, a memorandum has been submitted to the Chief Minister. The issue has been made public by the monks time and again in Sikkim also asking for ban on the release until the issue is resolved.
Meanwhile reacting to the ban, the co-producers of the movie from Sikkim, Sushma Gurung and Anmol Gurung from Kalimpong offered an apology also requesting not to hinder the release of the film in question in Sikkim on 17th June’22.
But now keeping in view the need of the hour, Chief Minister has announced ban, and it is anticipated that the matter will be resolved soon.