The Kenyan Sikh community has objected to a dialogue in the new film Ambarsariya starring Diljit Dosanjh. In a short clip as part of the trailer, actress Lauren makes a comment on Diljit forgetting to mention the Kenyan turban to which Diljit responds by stating “it’s not good to joke about the turban.”
The actual dialogues translated are as follows:
Lauren: Wait, you forgot the Kenyan style turbans.
Diljit: No maam, no jokes on my turban. We’ve got it after lot of sacrifices.
The Sikh community of Kenya has been traditionally wearing the turban for centuries. The turban style was adopted in the UK after Kenyan immigrants fled the country after the government nationalized several industries of which Sikhs had significant investments.
The turban no matter what the style shouldn’t be made fun of. It’s important to point out that the turban style has evolved to several different types over the last few hundred years.
Popular page of the Kenyan Community stated the following:
For those that understand Punjabi, how many would agree that this scene from an upcoming Punjabi film, Ambarsariya, takes a dig at the Kenyan turban when its lead actor Diljit Dosanjh does not consider it one, when the question is posed by Lauren Gottlieb.
Maybe Indian Sikhs deem the Kenyan turban more of a hat than a dastaar – considering how many kalasinghas here starch them and wear them like hats anyway?
Ideally, the Sikh turban is to be worn (and not just put on) and unfurled every single day – and besides, the Kenyan turban is one of the neatest and smartest of all, and with an enviable heritage of its own.
“The Kenyan Sikh turban is worn with pride by Sikhs from across continents – and even by Sikh celebrities of the lies of JusReign and Jassi Sidhu; by Kenyan firebrand freedom fighter Makhan Singh; thousands of Sikhs in Africa; and thousands more in Britain – all who evoke immense respect and awe through its elegant style and unique heritage.
The kalasingha turban is no less greater a style than the variety of others worn by Sikhs from India, and is often worn in white, black, maroon and blue – though other colours are also prominent amongst Kenya Sikhs. There are no particular reasons behind the colour choice, but rather whatever strongly brings out the lion within.
It is smart, neat and the Kenyan Sikhs are known to be accorded the highest respect from the Kenyan-African peoples for it has come to signify the turbaned kalasingha image of strength, courage, compassion and brotherhood.”
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