The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has demanded a ban on ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’, a popular comedy show Sab TV. The religious group has alleged that the show has portrayed a series of blasphemous acts and hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikh community.
SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar, in a statement to media, said that the show has hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikh community by portraying the living character of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh which is “against Sikh tenets”. He further said that no actor or any character can equate himself with Guru Gobind Singh and the act is unpardonable. SGPC, the top Sikh religious body, had warned the channel and the show’s director about showing “blasphemous” content on TV.
In episode number 2287 of the show, aired on September 8, Roshan Singh Sodhi, one of the characters of the show, had characterized the tenth Sikh Guru. In response to the warning by the apex body of Sikhs, the makers of the show have stated that they never intended to hurt the sentiments of anyone and that they respect Sikhism. The Quint quotes Asit Kumarr Modi, producer and creator of ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ saying,
Roshan Singh Sodhi was shown as Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Ka Khalsa, which has been justified through the dialogues & his performance. We have always believed in equality of all the religions & have never intended to hurt the sentiments of anyone. Our show consists of people from varied religions and cultures who worship each God and celebrate each and every festival with equal respect & happiness. We are aware & 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.
The makers of the show even put up a tweet requesting viewers not to misinterpret the content in the particular episode. Here is the tweet:
In Episode 2287 of TMKOC, Sodhi was dressed up as Guru Gobind Singh Ji ka Khalsa. We request viewers to not misinterpret it in any other way pic.twitter.com/MhNnqg8gJl
— TMKOC (@TMKOC_NTF) September 15, 2017
Jump to 20:13 in this video to watch the segment of the episode in which Roshan Singh Sodhi plays the tenth Sikh Guru.