Sikh community members have staged a protest demanding ban on the release of Bollywood movie Manmarziyan in Jammu theaters.
According to the protesters, in the movie, actors Abhishek Bacchan and Taapse Pannu, both shown as Sikhs characters, have been filmed while smoking cigarettes, which is a major humiliation to the community.
The agitated Sikhs raised slogans against the director of the movie, Anurag Kashyap, Bollywood star, Abhishek Bachan, Censor Board of India and other actors.
Holding placards with slogans, “stop humiliation of Sikhs”, “ban the film Manmarziyan,” the protesters, under the banner of Shiromani Akali 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 (Abhishek Bacchan) 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.