Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah: Sikh group demands a ban

The popular soap of Sab TV ‘Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ faced the wrath of the Sikh community for portraying the tenth guru of the community Sri Guru Gobind Singh on the show. The ban was demanded by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

"No actor or any character can equate himself with the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. Such an act is unpardonable," The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Kirpal Singh Badungar said in a statement to the media.

The makers and actors of ‘Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma’ have clarified that actor Gurcharan Singh was not dressed as the tenth guru himself but as Guru Gobind Singh ka Khalsa (Guru Gobind Singh’s soldier).

The producer of the show, Asit Kumar Modi, said in a statement to Quint, “Roshan Singh Sodhi was shown as Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Ka Khalsa, which has been justified through the dialogues & his performance. We have always believed in equality of all the religions & have never intended to hurt the sentiments of anyone. Our show consists of people from varied religions and cultures who worship each God and celebrate each and every festival with equal respect & happiness. We are aware & respect that in Sikh religion nobody can show or portray themselves as Guru Gobind Singh Ji. We request our viewers not to misinterpret it with any other context.”

The actor himself came forward and clarified the matter.