By Subhash K Jha
BOLLYWOOD: This isn’t the first film with a Sardar hero to get into trouble. Sikh organizations raised a hue and cry over Akshay Kumar’s, Ranbir Kapoor’s and Saif Ali Khan’s length of the beard and/or the way the turban was tied in Singh Is Kinng, Rocket Singh Salesman Of The Year and Love Aaj Kal.
Now it’s Sunny Deol’s turn to face the fury of intolerance.
A source reveals that some members of censor board have objected to a sequence in the new Sunny Deol starrer Singh Saab The Great where Sunny takes his turban off and uses it to save a child’s life.
Apparently, a heated argument ensued when the censor board asked for that scene to be deleted as they opined, it was likely to hurt religious sentiments.
Says the reliable source, “When some panel members objected to the scene, the director Anil Sharma fought back heatedly arguing that every religion preaches the preservation of children and women from danger. In fact a woman panelist from the censor board even pointed out that women are known to take off their sarees to save endangered lives from plunging to death.”
However, the censor board refused to let the scene go, as any matter pertaining to religious sentiments is seen to be extra-sensitive. Anil Sharma refused to take the cut. He went to the Revising Committee of the censor board, and the “objectionable” scene has now been cleared with a ‘UA’ certificate.