• Petitioned Leela Sampson

This petition was delivered to:

Chairperson, CBFC
Leela Sampson
Regional Officer CBFC ,Hyderabad
Smt. A Dhanalaxmi,
Regional OfficerCBFC , New Delhi
Shri Raj Kumar
Addl. Regional Officer, CBFC Thiruvanthapuram
Shri T.Madhukmar
, Regional Officer, CBFC, Cuttack
Shri Akhil Kumar Mishra
Chief Executive Officer, CBFC
Smt. Pankaja Thakur
Regional Officer, CBFC ,Chennai
Shri V.Packirisamy,
Regional Officer,CBFC ,KOLKATA
Shri Santanu Palodhi,
Regional Officer,CBFC, GUwahati
Shri B. Narzarey
Regional Officer, CBFC Bangalore
Shri K.Nagaraja

Remove censor on 'Free Tibet Banners' in 'Rockstar'

    1. Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
    2. Petition by

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal

      Mumbai (Bombay), India

Recently CBFC India has censored ' Free Tibet' Banners from a Bollywood track 'Sadda Haq'  which is a part of the movie Rockstar starring Ranbir kapoor and is diected by Imtiaz Ali and the song is composed by A.R. Rehman.

 'Sadda Haq' means 'This is my right'. Across different countries many  have been protesting for Tibetan Human Rights. A week before the movie release, CBFC edited the song and removed 'Free Tibet' banners from the song.

At this critical time - when Tibetans are suffering so desperately under Chinese repression - one would expect India to be promoting and protecting the Tibetan people's basic human rights. The movie  has been  released on 11.11.11.

Many who were a part of the music video had high expectations from the song, which would bring to light human rights and other issues faced by Tibetans. 

Sign and share this petition to tell Leela Sampson Chairperson CBFC to remove the censor issued on 'Free Tibet Banner' shown in a popular track 'Sadda haq'

Recent signatures


    1. Sadda Haq

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      So what really happened? No one, neither the censor board, nor the filmmaker has bothered with an explanation. According to some Free Tibet activists who met the CEO of the censor board Pankaja Thakur, in complete contrivance of the freedom of expression and harbouring on the ridiculous, the censor board reportedly asked Imtiaz Ali about the 'relevance of the banner in the film'. Ali is supposed to have offered to blur it.Certainly, this ruling needs to be challenged. Today Free Tibet is inappropriate; tomorrow, if and when Bollywood makes a film with a political standpoint which is not to the government's liking, the censor board will clamp down on that too.

    2. Free Tibet, Our Right: Tibetan exiles

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      The song "Sadda Haq" was filmed in the Norbulingka Institute near Dharamsala. Following the censor board's directive, the film's director blurred the words from the flag. This has disappointed thousands of Tibetans living in India.

    3. Free Tibet- Saada Haq

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Echoing a song in the movie "Rockstar", slogans like "Free Tibet, sadda haq" and "Free Tibet, Our Right" by Tibetans filled the air in Mumbai Friday as the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer opened in theatres.

    4. Please go to see the film with Free tibetan flags

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Tibetans have asked supporters of Free Tibet movement to show solidarity and go to the movie halls with Tibetan flags. “We discussed this with CEO of Censor Board Pankaja Thakur. She said that they just highlighted it and the director voluntarily blurred it out,” said Tsundue.

    5. Tibetans Continue to Protest Over 'Rockstar' Censorship

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Censoring such a strong message not only shows the violation of free
      speech...but also shows the clear sign of how the Chinese government is starting to pressurize India and playing with its largest pride - Indian democracy."

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. Rockstar? Dance to India’s China tunes

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      The Tibetan community in India is accusing New Delhi of going out of its way to kowtow to Beijing and plans protests in Dharamshala and some major cities on Friday, when the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer is to release.

    8. Tibetan groups up in arms over censor body blurring flag in song

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Speaking to The Indian Express, Tenzin Tsundue, who heads the FOT, said, "We are meeting the censor board's officials on Wednesday to explain our view point. The Board's decision is arbitrary and against the principles of free speech and artistic freedom.

    9. Tibetans shocked at Rockstar diktat

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      The song, in which the Free Tibet flag was featured, was shot at the Norbulingka monastery in McLeod Ganj, the seat of the Tibet government in exile in India. Ali has made the deletions, affording the film a UA rating, the CEO of the censor board has confirmed.

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. Tibetans protest removal of McLeodganj scene with Tibetan flags from film

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      : Tibetan activists staged a mass protest at the main chowk of McLeodganj near here on Monday, shouting slogans of "Sada haq, Free Tibet" opposing the decision of Censor Board of India to remove Tibetan flag from the upcoming movie "Rockstar" directed by Imtiaz Ali featuring Ranbir Kapoor as a Rockstar. Tibetans were shown during the song sequence "Sada haq ithe rakh" shoot in a monastery near Dharamsala last year.

    12. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kristi Moua COON RAPIDS, MN
      • almost 3 years ago

      Everyone deserves their human dignity.

    • Waliullah Ahmed Laskar GUWAHATI, INDIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This type of censorship is an assault on freedom of expression that we hold very dear

    • Harshit Gupta BANGALORE, INDIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I do not think a common man is bound to agree to the foreign policy of the country. At the very least, it's out right if we want to say something. Frankly, the censorship here is completely against the freedom of speech, and I do not see a reason for censorship here at all.

    • Natt Hongdilokkul BURNABY, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I support free speech.

    • Sonu Mandal KOLKATA, ID
      • almost 3 years ago

      i want tibetians to breathe in a free air.......


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