Sikh body demands ban on ‘Dishoom’ song ‘Ishq Ka Marz’

The song ‘Ishq Ka Marz’ from the upcoming movie ‘Dishoom’ has earned the ire of a Sikh body which has demanded a ban on the song. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has objected to the use of ‘Kirpan’ (dagger), an article of Sikh faith, in an “inappropriate manner” in the video.

DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Tuesday, June 14 shot off a letter to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) asking for a ban on the song. He said the video of 'Ishq ka Marz' was highly offensive, mala fide and deliberate insult to the well-established Sikh tenets and customs. Sirsa also threatened the makers of the movie of initiating criminal proceedings if the song was not removed from the film.

In the letter which was released to the media, Sirsa wrote, “The song depicts a semi-clad actress, Ms. Jacquelin Fernandes, dancing with a Kirpan, 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 and thereby made the mockery of the sacredness and respect of the religious symbols of Kirpan. This act is hurting sentiments of Sikhs.”

He directed the CBFC to take immediate action and instruct director Rohit Dhawan for the removal of trailers or videos of the song from the Internet and also delete it from the film or re-shoot it without the Kirpan. The Sikh body has also sought an apology from the director and cast of movie for the “deliberate insult done to a respectable Sikh religious symbol.”

'Dishoom' stars Varun Dhawan, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandes, Shaqib Salem, Akshaye Khanna and Nargis Fakhri. The action-adventure film is slated to hit screens on July 29.