Banned documentary “Sikkim” is screened in Calcutta
The government of the Indian state of West Bengal has gone ahead with plans to show banned documentary “Sikkim” made on the Himalayan state of Sikkim.
The film was banned after Sikkim merged with India under controversial circumstances in 1975.
When the film was completed, the king and his wife were reportedly furious – especially over a shot that showed poor people scrambling for leftover food behind the royal palace in the capital, Gangtok.
The Art and Culture Trust of Sikkim (Acts) – an organisation promoted by former Sikkim King Palden Thondup Namgyal – approached the Calcutta film festival organisers and appealed to them not to show it.