The controversy generated by a spate of films has taken a new dimension, with BJP MP and former head of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) petitioning the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee to stop the release of these films.
In his petition, Singhal has charged that the grave outrage sought to be committed by films like ''The Legend of Bhagat Singh'' and ''23rd March1931 Shaheed'' which distort the history, are bound to damage the sacred image of Bhagat Singh in the minds of the people of India.
Referring to several historical distortions in the films, Singhal has pointed out that instead of highlighting Bhagat Singh''s role as a thinker, political philosopher and a writer he is being denigrated as a romantic hero.
It may be pointed out that earlier, a Delhi NGO ''Article 51 Forum'' had petitioned I&B Minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj not to allow exhibition of these films till the historical distortions in these films are rectified. Singhal has also pleaded that films on Bhagat Singh are not allowed to be exhibited till the authenticity of every fact has been verified by an expert committee comprising eminent writers and historians who are authority on Bhagat Singh.
Meanwhile, a PIL against these films is listed for a hearing on June 12 in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, though two of the films ''The Legend of Bhagat Singh'' and ''23rd March 1931 Shaheed'' are set for release today.