Delhi gurudwara panel to examine Sikhs’ portrayal in ‘Singh is Kinng’

August 4th, 2008 - 3:16 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Akshay Kumar

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Monday formed a three-member committee to screen Akshay Kumar starrer “Singh is Kinng” to see if there Sikhs have been portrayed negatively in the film. “We have formed a three-member committee of experts that will see the movie and based on their feedback further action will be taken,” DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna told IANS. The film is slated for release next Friday.

The DSGMC had sought a ban on the movie last Friday for allegedly “ridiculing” the Sikh community and wrote a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit asking her to ban the film in the national capital, despite the announcement by the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex religious body of the Sikhs, that it was up to the audiences to decide if they wanted to watch the film.

The DSGMC committee has two granthis (priests) Harnam Singh and Surinder Singh and Khalsa college professor Harmeet Singh, an expert on Sikh history.

Various Sikh organisations have voiced their concerns over the film, which is slated for release next Friday.

Sarna said: “The film’s promos showed a Sikh character wearing a turban, while sporting a French cut. This is not a positive Sikh image. The screening should not be allowed until its makers make changes in the portrayal of Sikh character.”

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