Update: SGPC Head Wants Filmed to be Cleared by SGPC before it’s Release.
Amritsar, September 13
After the Akal Takht, the SGPC too has raised an objection to the upcoming Sunny Deol-starrer ‘Singh Sahab The Great’ while demanding that the film’s title be changed.
Talking to mediapersons here today, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said, “Dharmendra’s (Sunny Deol’s father) family has a huge fan-following in Punjab and, therefore, they should remove the word ‘Sahab’ in the film’s title, besides getting the movie cleared by the SGPC prior to its release.” Earlier, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had opposed it: “The title, ‘Singh Sahab’, is bestowed on the Jathedars of the five Takhts and the ‘granthis’ of the Golden Temple. It is a sacred term and should not be used for commercial purpose.”
Bollywood star Sunny Deol’s upcoming movie Singh Saab The Great has ran into trouble with the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which has objected to the title of the film.
The film is scheduled for a November 22 release and is directed by Anil Sharma of Gadar: Ek Prem Katha fame.
The SGPC believes it is a sacred title bestowed on the Jathedars of the five Takhts and the granthis of the Golden Temple and therefore, should not be used for commercial purposes.
SGPC officials have also made their displeasure known on the filmmakers for not consulting them before deciding on the title of the film.
The Akal Takht, supreme temporal seat of Sikhs, has taken a serious view of the film believing that this title might create misunderstandings among the Sikh community.
Akal Takht head priest Gurbachan Singh said that the promoter of the film must get a clean chit from the SGPC review committee before it releases.
The Akal Takht also directed the SGPC to take up the issue with the film’s producer.
Meanwhile, All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) head Karnail Singh Peer Mohammed also took a serious note of the title of film and asked the producer and director whether they got permission of the SGPC, apex Sikh religious body, about its title.
“The title of the film must be changed and the film must be checked by the SGPC’s review committee,” he said.