Sikh relegion body objects to Dishoom song Ishq ka marz, asks CBFC to delete Kirpan refrence


Already in the thick of a controversy for ordering controversial cuts in Utda Punjab for which it was recently snubbed by Bombay High Court, Central Board of Film Certification has again invited the ire – this time of Shiromani Akali Dal controlled Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee which objected to the use of an article of Sikh faith in a yet to be released film in an “inappropriate manner”.

A dagger (short kirpan) worn with a waist belt by Jacqueline Fernandez in dance song “Ishq ka marz” in Rohit Dhawan directed movie Dishoom had Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa fuming on Tuesday and he shot off a letter to the CBFC and makers of the movie, threatening to initiate criminal proceddings if the song was not removed from from the film.



In a letter to CBFC Chairman Pahlaj Nihalani, Sirsa said that “the song depicts a semi-clad actress (Ms. Jacquelin Fernandes) dancing with a Kirpan with other co-stars actor Varun Dhawan & John Abraham, one of the five compulsory Kakaars worn by a practising Sikh; dangling in front of her legs and supported by a cloth belt worn around the waist by the actress.”


Sirsa noted that song video was “highly offensive, mala fide and deliberate insult to the well-established Sikh tenets and customs.”

Sirsa, who was recently appointed advisor to Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal and was subsequently given the minister of state rank in Punjab, when contacted, said he watched the objectionable content on YouTube.