- The movie was banned during Pahlaj Nihalani's reign
- Raza Murad claimed this in an interview
- Earlier, Prasoon Joshi was named for the film's ban
In his interview to Indian Express, the veteran actor said the CBFC refused to certify the movie deeming the subject as negatively influential for young cine-goers. "Toofan Singh is a Punjabi film based on a terrorist. The Pahlaj led CBFC banned the film because according to them the film glorifies terrorism, and that might give a wrong message to today's youth," said Mr Murad, who features in the role of a minister in the film.
Mr Murad is still looking forward to the film's release, which has premiered in international theatres already. "However, the film has been released in many countries, and has been received warmly. Unfortunately, it never saw the light of day in India. Hopefully, it will someday," he told Indian Express.
Earlier, a report in DNA quoted a source close associated with the CBFC as saying: "Toofan Singh is a terrorist, who goes on a rampage killing corrupt cops and politicians. And they've compared him to Bhagat Singh. The film is brutal and anarchic. We couldn't empathise with its message of brute power, let alone grant it a censor certificate."
In the past, movies like Udta Punjab and NH10 have suffered the worst of blows of the Censor Board. More recently, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz and Lipstick Under My Burkha triumphed but not without a few cuts.