Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Zero comes under scrutiny for offending Sikh community

BOLLYWOOD: Shah Rukh Khan’s much anticipated film, Zero, in which the actor plays a dwarf, is soon to hit cinema screens in India and beyond. The film’s trailer recently came out and received mixed to good reviews from audiences. However, it has landed the film in some trouble for portraying something that has offended a certain section of the society.

The trailer sees Khan wearing the ‘Gatra Kirpan’ (Article of Sikh Faith), a small dagger that is extremely sacred to the Sikhs. This has offended members of the Sikh Sangat and they have complained to the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC).

Manjinder Singh Sirsa, General Secretary, DSGMC, said in a statement, “I have received a number of complaints from the Sikh Sangat for hurting the sentiments of the Sikhs by movie Zero, directed by Aanand L Rai. In the film, Shah Rukh Khan has been shown wearing ‘Gatra Kirpan’ (Article of Sikh Faith) and their movie promo has created outrage among Sikh community worldwide.”

He has filed a complaint against Shah Rukh Khan and director Aanand L. Rai and has also written to them to withdraw the objectionable scene and poster that show Kirpan as an ordinary sword.

While Shah Rukh Khan and Aanand L. Rai have not given any statement yet (at least when this piece was being written), a source close to Zero has come up with a clarification, saying that the film doesn’t depict a Kirpan and the makers have been careful not to hurt the sentiments of any community.

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