September 3, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ludhiana, Punjab (September 03, 2012): According to media reports senior lawyer Navkiran Singh has sought the intervention of the Censor Board for Film Certification (CBFC) for removal of certain objectionable scenes and dialogues from actor-producer Ajay Devgn’s upcoming Hindi film titled “Son of Sardaar”.
In a letter to addressed to the Board chairperson and the Regional Officer of CBFC, Mumbai, Advocate Navkiran Singh has said that he official trailer of “Son of Sardaar”, produced by Ajay Devgan who also plays the lead role, shows Sikhs in a bad light. In the movie, the lead actor is shown as a turban-wearing Sardar with the tattoo of Hindu Lord Shiva on his chest.
“Since Sikhs have been forbidden by their Gurus from worshipping idols and deities, this is in anti-thesis to Sikh principles and so hurts the religious sentiments of the community,” Singh is reported to have said in his letter, copies of which were reported to have been released to media at Fatehgarh Sahib.
“My legal notice to Ajay Devgan for hurting Sikh sentiments in ‘Son of Sardar’ has brought Ajay Devgan & Sanjay Dutt to Amritsar. Hope SGPC gets the objectionable portions removed and Sikhs are saved from unnecessary litigation”, Advocate Navkiran Singh has posted on his Fans’ page on social networking site Facebook.
Advocate Navkiran Singh informed that he had issued a legal notice to the makers of the film on August 16 and had asked them to delete the objectionable portion from the movie within 7 days. However, Ajay has issued a statement that no part of the film hurts any religious sentiment. He is also planning to go to Amritsar to meet members of the Sikh community and show them the film.
He said the promos of the film which are available to public violates guidelines formulated by CBFC, especially that visuals or words contemptuous of racial, religious or other groups are not to be presented.
In this light, the Chandigarh based senior Lawyer has requested the CBFC to intervene in the matter to ensure that the movie is not released without deletion of the objectionable parts and the Censor certification, in case not yet granted, should be kept pending till such material is removed from the film.
In case the certification has already been granted, it should be reviewed keeping in view the facts stated in his petition and violation of CBFC guidelines.
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