Sikh community annoyed with Jacqueline Fernandez

16th June 2016

John Abraham, Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez starrer 'Dishoom' is gaining accolades since the trailer of the film released. 

The teaser showcases Jacqueline in a short dress dancing on some funky beats. She also has a 'Kirpan' around her waist. 'Kirpan' is one of the five compulsory Kakaars worn by anyone practicing Sikh religion. The 'Kirpan' is seen dangling around her waist but in an inappropriate manner. This has hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community.

Manjinder Singh Sirsa, The Gurdwara Management Committee's general secretary has written a letter to Pahlaj Nihalani, chairperson of CBFC stating that the song should be removed from the film and also demanded an apology from the cast and crew of the film.

Manjinder wrote a lengthy explanation of the above issue on his Facebook wall which read, "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."

He added, "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 Rohit Dhawan to immediately remove all the trailers/videos of the aforesaid song uploaded at 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."

According to a source, a legal notice has been sent to Rohit Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez for disrespecting the religious symbol 'Kirpan.'