In response to the objection raised by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) over the title of its upcoming fiction show Gurbani to be aired on entertainment channel Colors, the channel has issues an official statement saying that to respect the sentiments of the people, they have decided to change the name of the show.
A still from Bani-Ishq Da Kalma (Photo Courtesy: Colors.com)
They further said that the team will get in touch with the concerned people / organisation to seek some time to change the name and will try and implement it as soon as possible.
In the statement, the channel has said that Gurbani, the name of the protagonist (after which the show gets its name), symbolizes everything that is pure, cultural and spiritual about Punjab. “Our protagonist is a girl who lives for everyone but herself. She is pure, kind hearted and God fearing. She is, in fact, the kind of girl who will be an inspiration to all and would make every Punjabi proud. It is through her that we showcase purity, sacrifice and love, love for family and mankind,” the statement said.
The statement further says that as the story progresses, the character takes on every situation that comes in her life and the lives of people around her and brings happiness to everyone in her life. The team has tremendous respect for all communities including the Sikh community. In fact the producer of the show is a Sikh herself and even has a niece named Gurbani. Being from the Sikh community she has tremendous respect for her own religion, the statement added.
Over the last month, our team has travelled extensively for promotional activities in Amritsar and Delhi with the cast and crew of Gurbani. No one has raised any objections to the show name. The show promotions also have been on air for almost a month and till a few days back nobody raised any objections, the statement said.
In the statement, the channel also requested the complainants to view Gurbani as merely a name and in context of a fiction show that endeavors to bring a social issue to the fore.