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Shah Rukh Khan’s “Zero” in trouble for hurting religious sentiments


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The trailer of Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film “Zero” has been landed in hot waters as Sikh Community has objected it for “hurting religious sentiments”.

Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee’s (DSGMC) general secretary, Manjinder Singh Sirsa stated that they received several complaints from the Sikh community. The complainants have addressed the Station House Officer (SHO) stating that the lead character (Shah Rukh Khan) has been shown wearing a ‘Gatra Kirpan’ (a knife revered in Sikh religion) to which the Sikh community from across the world have protested for hurting their religious sentiments.

“You are requested to lodge FIR against the movie director Aanand L Rai and film actor Shahrukh Khan. You are also requested to immediately stop the promo of the Zero movie showing actor Shah Rukh Khan wearing Gatra Kirpan,” the notice read.

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The Sikh Community also urged the director Anand L.Rai to remove the scene from the movie. It threatened to halt the film’s screening by carrying out stage protests in various cinema houses if their demands are not fulfilled.

The trailer of ‘Zero’ was released on November 2nd, while the movie is slated to release on December 21st, 2018. The protests have erupted just a few weeks before the release of the movie.

This is, however, not the first time the Bollywood movies have been subjected to criticism and conflict for ‘hurting religious sentiments’. A periodic movie, Padmavat, starring Deepika Padukone confronted similar obstruction right before its release. The intense protest across the country caused a delay in the release of the movie.

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Also, Anurag Kashyap’s movie ‘Mannmarziyan’ starring Abhishek Bachchan garnered objection from the Sikh Community. The film was said to have projected a negative image of the Sikh Community through certain scenes. The film was alleged for disrespecting the rituals of removing ‘Dus star’ ( Turban) from the head.

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