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'Son of Sardaar' does not hurt anybody's sentiments: Ajay Devgan

PTI  Mumbai, August 30, 2012
First Published: 21:03 IST(30/8/2012) | Last Updated: 21:05 IST(30/8/2012)

Amid allegations that upcoming film 'Son of Sardar' depicts Sikhs in a bad light, the film's producer and actor Ajay Devgan has said that he respects the community and the film does not hurt anybody's sentiments.

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The All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) has urged the clergy to take action against actor-producer Ajay.

In a letter to Akal Takht (the highest temporal seat of the Sikh religion) head Gurbachan Singh, AISSF president Karnail Singh demanded action against Ajay for hurting the religious sentiments of sikhs.

The AISSF chief had objected on cetain lines of the films such as "If Sikhs weren't there, then who would have invented abuses" and "If Sardar weren't there, then on whom would the jokes be made".
 
"My film does not hurt anybody's sentiments. I'm from Punjab and I have a lot of respect for the community and culture as everyone else and the last thing I would do is to hurt anyone. In fact, I'm very proud of the community," Ajay said in a statement.

The 43-year-old actor, whose roots are in Amritsar, insists that the film has been made under the guidance of knowledgeable people.

"At no point you will find any element of disrespect. The protagonist of the film is a Sardaar, so the film will showcase a very positive projection of the community.

I request everyone to just wait for the release and then come up with your comments and opinion. Trust me, we all will be proud of the film," Ajay said.

Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Navkiran Singh had also issued a legal notice in this regard to the makers of the film on August 16 and had asked them to delete objectionable portions from the movie.

The film, directed by Ashwini Dhir and starring Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla releases on November 13.

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