Sikh community protests, demands ban on Bollywood movie Manmarzian

The agitating Sikhs raised slogans against the director of the movie, AnuragKashyap, Bollywood star, AbhishekBachan, Censor Board of India and other actors.

BIVEK MATHUR
Jammu, Publish Date: Sep 19 2018 2:42AM | Updated Date: Sep 19 2018 2:42AM
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Sikh community members here staged a protest demanding ban on the release of Bollywood movie Manmarzian in Jammu theaters.

According to the protesters, in the movie, actors AbhishekBacchan and TaapsePannu, both shown as Sikhs characters, have been filmed while smoking cigarettes, which is a major humiliation to the community.     

The agitating Sikhs raised slogans against the director of the movie, AnuragKashyap, Bollywood star, AbhishekBachan, Censor Board of India and other actors.

Holding placards with slogans, “stop humiliation of Sikhs”, “ban the film Manmarzian,” the protesters, under the banner of ShiromaniAkali Dal, Jammu and Kashmir, said that a scene in the movie is highly objectionable and it hurts the sentiments of the community.

One of the protesters said, “Time and again, in Bollywood movies, the community has been mocked by the actors. We wouldn’t tolerate any such humiliation.”

“In case the government fails to arrest the actors and directors of the movie and impose a ban on the release of the film, the Sikhs will take to the streets and for all the consequences, only government will be responsible,” he said.

Meanwhile, a Sikh body, through advocate Aditya Sharma and advocate Harpreet Singh Kang filed a plea against the movie in the Jammu wing of the State High Court.

In the petition, the counsels have pleaded that in the movie, the actors performing the role of Sikh characters, after solemnizing marriage rituals in a religious place go out, and one of them (AbhishekBacchan) removes his turban and smokes a cigarette, which is an embarrassment for the community members.

The petitioner has further pleaded that the particular scene in the movie is violation of Fundamental Rights as enshrined in Article 19 (2) and Article 25 of the Constitution of India. 

 

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