MUMBAI — The makers of “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma,” after noticing ire from the Sikh community, released an official statement recently.
Probably the most iconic and loved and non-controversial show on television in years, “Taarak…” has always ‘preached’ positive values, communal harmony and a spirit of bonding among Indians through its depiction of a housing society that is like a mini-India.
But the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) wants a ban on the show as it says that it has “hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community.” They said the show has performed blasphemous acts as it allegedly depicted a living character out of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, which was against the Sikh tenets.
The released statement reads that the makers never intended to hurt sentiments of any community and mention how much they respect Sikhism. “Roshan Singh Sodhi was shown as Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Ka Khalsa, which has been justified through the dialogues and his performance. “We have always believed in equality of all the religions and have never intended to hurt the sentiments of anyone. Our show consists of people from varied religions and cultures, who worship all Gods and celebrate each and every festival with equal respect and happiness. We are aware and respect that in Sikh religion nobody can show or portray themselves as Guru Gobind Singh-ji. We request our viewers not to misinterpret it any other context,” said Asit Kumarr Modi, producer and creator of the show.
The above statement was quoted on a portal, “The Quint,” and released by another popular film site.