A ban was demanded on the long-running SAB TV comedy, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma, by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Sunday for allegedly portraying a series of blasphemous acts.
Claiming that the show hurt their religious sentiments, SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar said in a statement that the soap depicted a living character portraying tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, which was “against the Sikh tenets”. The show’s makers have now clarified their position and said the actor, Gurucharan Singh Sodhi, played Guru Gobind Singh ka Khalsa (a soldier of the 10th Sikh guru) and not Guru Gobind Singh himself.
“In Episode 2287 of TMKOC, Sodhi was dressed up as Guru Gobind Singh Ji ka Khalsa. We request viewers to not misinterpret it in any other way,” said a tweet on show’s official handle.
The apex religious body of the Sikhs had earlier warned the channel and the director of the show from showing “blasphemous” content on small screen. “No actor or any character can equate himself with the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. Such an act is unpardonable,” the statement said.
Earlier, talking to Bollywoodlife.com, Munmun Dutta who plays Babita on the show had said, “Gurucharan is a staunch Sikh himself will never do and speak anything that goes against the sentiments of Sikhs all around the world.
I clearly remember having a conversation with him about this particular sequence on the day of the shoot and he had mentioned that nobody is allowed to play Guru Gobind Singh ji and thus he is enacting the role of his Khalsa. And that’s exactly what we shot and showed on TV. People who have raised objections about it have clearly not seen the sequence. I wish they had made the effort to see it first where the character Sodhi clearly states that he is his Khalsa and not him.”
She also said that it was all a misunderstanding because when that particular scene started, he scroll introducing his character stated ‘Sodhi as Guru Gobind Singh Ka Khalsa’ and apparently the ‘Ka Khalsa got hidden behind the disclaimer scroll run by the channel.
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