Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez, producer Sajid Nadiadwala, and director Rohit Dhawan are facing a criminal case on charges of insulting the Sikh religion in a song in the upcoming film Dishoom. In the objectionable scene Jacky dances wearing a Kirpan, which has irked the Sikh clergy.
The complainant Ravinder Singh Bassi has also made the Sector 34 SHO and SSP Chandigarh co-accused.
On June 15 the Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee wrote to the Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, Pehlaj Nihlani and asked him to remove the controversial song from the film. The song depicts the semi clad actress dancing with a Kirpan dangling in front of her legs and supported by a cloth belt worn around her waist, thereby making a mockery of the sacredness and respect of the religious symbol, the Committee General Secretary, Manjinder Singh Sirsa said.
He said either the song be deleted or re-shot, and the director must make a pubic apology to the Sikh community. If the Board of Film Certification fails to take action in this context, the Committee will be compelled to file criminal proceedings against the director and against the Board.
The film producer already denied the allegations saying the dagger shown is not a Kirpan, but an Arabic sword, and the song in question was shot in Morocco.