While jokes on Sikhs have always been doing the round on social circuits, films have deliberately been portraying the community as object of fun and ridicule. Sikhism professes tolerance, but any attempt hurting religious sentiments is objected vociferously.
Bollywood flick ‘Dishoom’ intentionally violated the sacredness and respect of ‘Kirpan’, one of the most important ‘Kakaar’ worn by practicing Sikhs. Jacqueline Fernandez, lead actress of the movie was shown dancing to tunes of a particular song with a ‘Kirpan’ tied to a belt and dangling between her legs.
The sentiments of the Sikhs were hurt across the world when the song was widely circulated on social media. Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC), General Secretary, Manjinder Singh Sirsa took it upon himself to ensure deletion or or revision of the impugned video besides setting an example for fellow filmmakers.
Representing several Sikh organisations who had contacted him for action against the makers of the movie, Sirsa issued a show cause notice to filmmakers. Subsequently he issued a legal notice when the filmmakers decided to keep mum on the issue. He also wrote a letter to the Chairman of the Censor Board Pahlaj Nihalani.
Cumulated efforts forced the movie director Rohit Dhawan to issue an apology for the video. He also agreed to release the movie with the revised video of the song showing Jacqueline Fernandez without wearing Kirpan.
The victory would go a long way in boosting the morale of DSGMC to fight for the cause of Sikhs. While producers of Bollywood should be cautious of showing anything, which hurts religious sentiments, it is highly recommended to seek expert advise before portraying anything related to religion.