BJP MLA from Delhi, Manjinder S Sirsa, has filed a police complaint demanding action against the makers of Zero for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Sikhs. In his complaint filed before the Station House Office of North Avenue in west Delhi, Sirsa demanded removal of the ‘objectionable scene and poster showing Kirpaan as ordinary dagger.’
His warning follows a controversy over the release of Kedarnath starring Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput. Hindu groups including the BJP had demanded a ban on Kedarnath for allegedly promoting the much-publicised imaginary phenomenon Love Jihad.
While his letter to the police, Sirsa, a BJP MLA from Rajaouri Garden, wrote, “I have written a letter to actor of @Zero21Dec @iamsrk & director @aanandlrai to withdraw the objectionable scene and poster showing Kirpaan as ordinary dagger. Filed a complaint as well as this promotion hurts Sikh sentiments.”
Sirsa’s letter claimed that in the promo and poster, ‘film actor Shah Rukh Khan has been shown in undergarments wearing Sikh religious symbol Gatka Kirpan (small dagger).’ However, the makers of the film denied his charges. A statement by the film’s PR agency, Spice, said, “We are writing on behalf of the makers of the Film, Zero. Your concern is duly noted and we wish to respectfully clarify that the film does not depict a Kirpan. The film makers have been careful not to hurt the feelings of any community including the Sikh community.
“The film is about celebrating incompleteness and to tell a heartfelt story. We trust you will appreciate our stand that any concern this may have caused is completely inadvertent.”
Responding to Spice’s statement, Sirsa wrote, “Your point is well taken. However, any misrepresentation related to Sikhism will hurt Sikh sentiments. So we expect a public statement from Film producers and
@iamsrk clarifying your stance that this is not depicted as Kirpaan.”
Sirsa, who is the General Secretary of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, warned that the Sikh community will stage protests if the objectionable scenes were not removed.