Jacqueline Fernandez angers Sikh Community

Rohit Dhawan is back with his second directorial venture with John Abraham-Varun Dhawan starrer Dishoom. The film has created quite a buzz since the release of the trailer. The teaser of the first song ‘Sau Tarah Ke‘ was released this week and created a problem for the team.

The song ‘Sau Tarah Ke‘ features John Abraham,Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez. In the song teaser, Jacqueline Fernandez is wearing a short white dress and has a Kirpan wrapped around her waist. The teaser has angered the Sikh community as Kirpan is one of the five compulsory Kakaars worn by a practising Sikh. They believe that the song is portraying Kirpan in an inappropriate manner and disrespecting it.

The Gurdwara Management Committee’s General Secretary, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, came across the video and wrote an open letter to CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani asking him to remove the song from the film. Adding to that, Manjinder Singh Sirsa has also asked for an apology from the Dishoom team for making a mockery of the Kirpan in their song.

This is what the letter posted on his Facebook reads:

“Objecting strongly to the ‘Beadbi’ of Kirpan, a pious symbol of Sikhism we asked Sh. Pehlaj Nihlani, the chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification, to instruct the removal of the video of a song titled “ishq ka marz” from the upcoming movie “Dishoom”. The song depicts a semi-clad actress, Ms. Jacqueline Fernandez, dancing with a Kirpan, one of the five compulsory Kakaars worn by a practising Sikh; dangling in front of her legs and supported by a cloth belt worn around the waist by the actress and thereby made the mockery of the sacredness and respect of the religious symbols of Kirpan.”

This act is hurting sentiments of Sikhs as we are already numerous complaints in this matter from various Sikh bodies. I request CBFC to instruct director to immediately remove all the trailers/videos of the aforesaid song uploaded at youtube.com or other websites; either delete the song from the movie or re-shoot its video sans the wearing of Kirpan supported by the actress and to instruct the director and cast of the movie to make public apology to the Sikh community for the deliberate insult done to a respectable Sikh religious symbol. If CBFC fails to take appropriate action in this context, DSGMC will be compelled to initiate criminal proceedings against the director and case of the ‘Dishoom’ as well as against the CBFC.”

Sau Tarah Ke‘ song has been composed by Pritam and choreographed by Bosco Martis. Directed by Rohit Dhawan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, Dishoom is set to release on July 29.

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Jacqueline Fernandez angers Sikh Community

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