After the Udta Punjab controversy, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has now objected to “inappropriate use” of kirpan in a song in Varun Dhawan-John Abraham-starrer Dishoom. The body has requested Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to remove the song from the film.
DSGMC’s general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa has written a letter to censor board chief Phalaj Nihalani, requesting that the song Ishq Ka Marz be removed from the film, an Indian Express report said on Wednesday.
The song’s teaser was shared on Tuesday and it shows actor Jacqueline Fernandez wearing a ‘short kirpan’ on her waist. Sirsa wrote that the video was “highly offensive, mala fide and deliberate insult to the well-established Sikh tenets and customs”.
Sirsa told the newspaper that he had watched the song on YouTube.
In his letter addressed to Pahlaj and makers of Dishoom, he has even threatened to initiate criminal proceedings if the song was not removed from the film, the report added.
“The song depicts a semi-clad actress (Ms. Jacquelin Fernandez) dancing with a kirpan with other co-stars actor Varun Dhawan & John Abraham, one of the five compulsory Kakaars (articles of faith in the religion) worn by a practising Sikh; dangling in front of her legs and supported by a cloth belt worn around the waist by the actress.”
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Directed by Rohit Dhawan, Dishoom features Varun Dhawan, John Abraham and Jacqueline in the lead roles. It also marks the return of Akshaye Khanna after a gap of four years.
Earlier this week, the Bombay high court overruled the CBFC-recommended 94 cuts in Udta Punjab and cleared it for release with one cut and three disclaimers by the filmmakers. The film is based on drug problem in Punjab.
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