Actress Jacqueline Fernandez is in legal trouble along with makers of Dhishoom for using a ‘Kirpan-Sikh ceremonial dagger’ inappropriately in a song Sau Tarah which shows Jacqueline wearing a Kirpan on her waist.
A Chandigarh resident, has lodged a complaint against the film’s director Rohit Dhawan, producer Sajid Nadiadwala and actress Jacqueline Fernandez for “insulting religious sentiments”.
Earlier, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) sent a notice to makers of Dhishoom for using a Kirpan ‘inappropriately’ in a song. DSGMC had opposed to the use of Kirpan through the letter and the director has been asked to eradicate the video or re-shoot it without the Kirpan. The Sikh body has also demanded a public confession from Dhishoom makers within seven days.
Reacting to the issue, Varun Dhawan said on June 16, “It’s not a Kirpan. It’s an Arabic sword which has been used and we must actually be having it, so we can show it. I am a Punjabi myself, and so is my brother (director Rohit Dhawan). So we would never do something like that. It’s a misunderstanding.”
Whats is Kirpan?
The Kirpan is a sword or knife carried by Sikhs. They are curved and have a single cutting edge that may be either blunt or sharp. Kirpan are often between 3 and 9 inches long and must be made of steel or iron.
It is a religious commandment given by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699 that Sikhs must wear five articles of faith at all times, the Kirpan being one of five articles.
The word Kirpan has two roots: the first root is kirpa, which means “mercy”, “grace”, “compassion” or “kindness”; the second root is aanaa, which in turn means “honor”, “grace” or “dignity”.