Tiger Shroff who’s playing a Sikh super-hero in Remo D’Souza’s The Flying Jat would have to be extremely cautious about the dos and don’ts. Sikh cultural and religious organizations are up in arms against Prabhu Dheva’s Singh Is Bliing for Akshay Kumar’s various stunts and antics, all done in a spirit of fun and games.
Now in Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys about a bunch of Punjabi gangsters there are situations involving Sikh characters that are bound to make the moral custodians of the Sikh community extremely unhappy.
Says a source, “In Beeba Boys we see a Sikh character using his holy kirpan (knife) to slash and murder a victim. The shot was removed from the trailer. But the scene is very much there in the film. There is bound to be trouble in India for this.”
Deepa Mehta is no stranger to controversies. Her Fire about a lesbian relationship between two lonely daughters-in-law of a business family in Delhi, 1947 Earth about communal riots during the Partition and Water about the widows of Varanasi raised the hackles of fundamentalists. Deepa’s last film Midnight’s Children also got itself into a serious spot.
Beeba Boys is already nettling the Sikh community.
“We must wait to see how it goes for Deepa in India. The censor board will remove the objectionable scenes if required,” says a source close to the censor board.
Randeep Hooda who plays the lead in Beeba Boyz is very keen to get the film released in India. Not too many know this. But Beeba Boys was to be originally made with Akshay Kumar in the lead.