The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has banned the shooting of feature films at the Golden Temple complex, saying it disturbs the peace and serenity of the shrine.
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar announced this while addressing the media here on Friday.
In the past few years, a number of Hindi and Punjabi feature films have been shot at the shrine. These include Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jori’, Aamir Khan’s ‘Rang De Basanti’ and of late ‘Sarabjit’.
Unruly scenes were witnessed during the shooting of ‘Sarbjit’, a biopic on Indian prisoner Sarbjit Singh, who was murdered in a Pakistani prison. The makers of the film objected to media photographers clicking photographs of Aishwarya Rai, who plays Sarbjit’s sister, Dalbir Kaur, in the movie. Objections were also raised on the movement of devotees at the spots where the scenes of the film were shot. At one point matters got so ugly that the SGPC had to stop the shooting, though it was allowed later in the day.
Taking all these factors into consideration, Makkar said it had become necessary to take the decision as the religious body had been receiving a number of complaints from the public.
“Such activities create disturbance to the pilgrims who come to the shrine to pay obeisance and listen to Gurbani and kirtan,” he added.
Makkar said that in future only shooting of documentary films and feature films that are “religious in content” would be allowed inside the shrine. However, first the makers of these films must present their scripts to the SGPC, and if cleared, the shooting would be permitted, he added.
Thanks Centre on Sehajdhari issue
Makkar thanked the Centre for having carried out the necessary amendments in the Gurdwara Act of 1925, debarring Sehajdharis from voting in the SGPC elections.
“The long-standing demand of Sikhs has been met. We thank the Rajya Sabha members for passing the bill. We also thank the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for pursuing the matter,” he added.
He also welcomed the admission of an SGPC petition by the Supreme Court. The petition mentions the manner in which jokes are made about Sikhs and their religion, and seeks a ban on them.