Posted by: Singh Is King | Sunday, November 4, 2007

Amu – Award Winning Film On 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms: DVD Released

Amu is a film which the Indian Censor Board and indeed Indian Government did not want the world to see. After delay after delay and then ridiculously giving it an “A” rating and demanding lines of dialog be removed they said: “Why should young people know a history which is best buried and forgotten?”

When Amu was finally passed by the Censor Board chief, Anupam Kher, he was fired in September 2004. He said that he was fired for passing Amu – which was the last film cleared by him. The government also passed a law that films with an “A” certificate could not be shown on television.

Critically acclaimed at 50 international film festivals including Toronto and Berlin; Winner of 10 awards including 2 Indian National awards – this is a DVD to own – with many special features including:

  • Director Commentary
  • Festival Q and A’s
  • Making of Amu
  • Deleted Scenes with commentary
  • Making of the Film maker
  • Two 5.1 Dolby digital soundtracks: original and Hindi dub
  • Celebrity reactions

And more…

Says Shonali Bose, who worked in the relief camps in 1984, “We made this film so that the world would know about this crime against humanity, just as it does about Somalia, Rwanda, Iraq….” Adds Producer and husband, Bedabrata Pain, “1984 is not about the past but about the present. Because justice has still been denied 23 years later in spite of 11 enquiry commissions and a huge amount of evidence.”

The couple hope that every Indian will support their intention by buying this film not just for themselves but for their friends – Indian or foreign – “who need to know this history if India is to move forward.”

Kaju (Konkona Sensharma) a 21 year old Indian American woman is visiting India to get in touch with family and learn about her roots. But she is blocked at every turn when she begins asking simple questions about her past. Aided by Kabir, a young man who is deeply attracted to her and her quest, she embarks on an unstoppable journey to seek the truth. She soon learns that a genocide in the capital city from 20 years ago might hold the key to her mysterious origin.

With standout performances by National Award winner Konkona Sensharma and activist Brinda Karat, this film has been praised by critics and audiences alike in its theatrical release in India, Canada and the United States.


“Having lived through the experience I can say this film is a MUST.”
Khushwant Singh

“Brilliant and courageous. A must see.”
Mira Nair (Director, The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay)

“A very moving and poignant film that delivers much needed exposure of the State’s collusion in the killing of its citizens.”
Kavneet Singh, Managing Director, SALDEF

“Most significant Indian film of recent years.”
Z magazine

“Amu combines an untold history with the magic of fiction in a chilling story that is all too familiar to Sikhs around the world. Bose’s depiction has brought Sikh suffering to the global stage. The film is a reminder of the true meaning of Sikhi.”
Neha Singh Gohil, Sikhchic

“Hardhitting, incisive and entertaining.”
Verve Magazine

“Every Sikh, indeed every human being should see Amu. It compellingly tells the forgotten story of state-organized anti-Sikh violence in 1984.”
Amardeep Singh, Executive Director, Sikh Coalition.

“Powerful…a film maker to watch.” (Critics Pick)
LA Weekly

“Awesome, creative, moving and relevant.”
Harinder Singh, Executive Director, Sikh Research Institute
“Heartwrenching…made more powerful by the fact that the Indian government tried very hard to suppress the story.” (Critics Pick)
NY Magazine

“Amu calls for an end to genocidal killings in India, for the rule of law over the rule of men.”
Jaskaran Kaur, Co-Director, Ensaaf

“Boldly rips away a tapestry of lies and cover ups…a first rate detective story.”
Hollywood Reporter

Amu is compelling, passionate and truthful; a world class production. As a Sikh, you need to not only see it, but own this film, this critical piece of our history – that has been created and given to us by a non Sikh.
Mirin Kaur, Kaur Foundation

“A bold and heartrending film, extremely well made and deeply moving. It’s an important film as it is very relevant to our times.”
Aamir Khan, Actor.

“As a Sikh-American, I was personally and profoundly affected by the film. It is a brave film told in a beautiful way bringing out the humanity behind the tragedy. It gave me strength, it made me weep, it made me want to shout out from the rooftops: Everyone watch Amu!”
Geetanjali Dhillon; Executive VP,

“I absolutely loved Amu. A thoughtful and important film with a universal theme. I was profoundly affected by it.”
Deepa Mehta (Director, Water, Fire)

“Amu is 1984 immortalized. Every Sikh home should have this film.”
Inni Kaur, Nishaan

“I really loved Amu and I think everyone should watch this film.”
Hema Malini, Actress.



  1. plz plz plz can i get a free link for this movie or can some one share it on plz it will be a greatest help ever done for me ………..

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