SGPC lodges complaint against ‘Yaariyan 2’ producers for offending Sikh sentiments
The makers of ‘Yaariyan 2’ are facing backlash from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) after a song released on Monday sparked controversy amongst the Sikh community.
The committee accused the makers of using the Sikh Kakkar Kirpan in an objectionable way in the song ‘Saure Ghar’. It further added that the visuals in which Meezan wore it have hurt sentiments.
SGPC raised the issue on Twitter. Its members said, “We raise our strong objection to these visuals filmed, published in ‘Saure Ghar’ song of ‘Yaariyan 2’ film directed by Radhika Rao & Vinay Sapru, as actor is seen wearing Sikh Kakaar (symbol of Sikh faith) Kirpan in a highly objectionable manner which cannot be accepted. This has seriously hurt the religious sentiments of Sikh community across the globe. Only an initiated Sikh has the right to wear Kirpan as per Sikh Code of Conduct of Akal Takht Sahib and the right given by the Constitution of India. This video song is public at the official @YouTube channel of @TSeries, which must take it down with immediate effect. If any other platform is used to publish this video song with the said objectionable scenes must also take it down. We are immediately raising this objection through all channels to the Government and digital platforms.”
Responding to the complaint, director duo Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru issued a statement, and clarified that Meezaan was wearing a khukri and not Kirpan. The statement read, “We would like to address the concerns regarding the visuals in the song- Saure Ghar, from out recent film Yaariyan 2. We would like to clarify that the actor in the song is wearing a Khukri and not a Kirpan. In fact, the dialogues in the film make it explicitly clear it is a Khukri. We regret any misunderstanding that may have arisen due to the similarity in appearance. Our intention has never been to offend or disrespect any religious beliefs.”
The statement further read, “We want to emphasise our deep respect for religious sentiments. We understand the significance of all religions and are committed to ensuring that our work does not inadvertently cause any offense. Please be rest assured that we hold the highest regard for all faiths. We appreciate your understanding and will continue to strike for sensitivity and respect in our future projects.”
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