MUMBAI (NEWS): Gurbani, the TV serial on Punjabi women deserted by their NRI grooms which started on Colors channel last week, will now be called `Bani-Ishq da Kalma’ after protests by the All India Sikh Students’ Federation (AISSF) and other Sikh bodies.
In Sikhism, Gurbani refers to the writings in the holy scriptures.
The AISSF, the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and various Sikh organisations objected to the use of word Gurbani as the name of a soap opera as it is held sacred in Sikhism.
They took up the issue with Colors channel which was sent a legal notice. Bowing to their demands, the channel has now decided to change the name of the serial.
The serial, produced by Damini K. Shetty’s Mystic Entertainment, narrates how over 15,000 brides in Punjab have been deserted by their NRI husbands and left to fend for themselves.
The story revolves around a young Punjabi girl whose family forcibly chooses an NRI husband for her. Shefali Sharma, a fashion design student from Amritsar, plays the lead role in the show that highlights the struggles of these deserted women.
According to Sufi singer Harshdeep Kaur, who will musically narrate tribulations of these women, “There are some emotions that can be put across only through music. In the show, I will do the task of a narrator. I am excited to be part of the show because it gives a message and has a wonderful storyline.’’