Sikh bodies won’t seek ban on ‘MSG 2’ without watching it

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s film ‘MSG 2’, a sequel of his previous film ‘MSG: The Messenger’ that released earlier this year, hit screens yesterday, September 18. While theatre owners in Punjab did not screen his film, Sikh bodies have however not banned it yet.

The premier Sikh body had declared Ram Rahim an offender for allegedly copying the attire of the 10th Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh. It also opposed religious gatherings of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, and several bloody clashes took place.

Following the Akal Takht’s boycott call, Ram Rahim had not visited Punjab since 2007. However, this time Sikh bodies showed a different stance towards his movie.

“We do not want to oppose movie without watching it. We do not know what is in the movie, so it would not be appropriate to comment on ban the movie,” Said Kanwarpal Singh of Dal Khalsa.    

“Banning movie is job of Punjab government. It is not under our realm. We do not know what is in it. We do not want to give any publicity to movie,” Said Daljit Singh Bedi, additional secretary SGPC.

Ram Rahim’s first film which released in February saw him not only its director and actor, but also as lyricist, script writer, cinematographer and editor as well. The film was declared a ‘disaster’ by Box Office India.