Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah makers react on the ban demanded by Sikh group

One of the longest-running television show ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ recently got tangled in a controversy. In a recent episode, the characters of the show were dressed in religious attires, wherein Goli was dressed as Ganesh ji, and the character Roshan Singh Sodhi Singh was dressed as a 'Nihang Sikh' or a Nihang warrior, whereas Taarak and Anjali were dressed as Lord Ram and Sita. The show, which is renowned for promoting communal harmony, had to face the wrath of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)community, for making Sodhi Singh dress as Guru Gobind Singh ji. The Sikh community asked the makers to put a ban on the show.

According to a report on The Quint, the sitcom’s producer and creator Asit Modi reacted saying, "Roshan Singh Sodhi was shown as Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Ka Khalsa, which has been justified through the dialogues and his performance. We have always believed in equality of all the religions and have never intended to hurt the sentiments of anyone. Our show consists of people from varied religions and cultures, who worship all Gods and celebrate each and every festival with equal respect and happiness. We are aware and 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."

He further added, "The beauty of the show is all about having people from different cultures and religions. So we are always alert and conscious about not hurting anyone’s sentiments whatsoever through our actions or dialogues. We, our show, for the last more than 9 years, has thrived on people’s good will and wishes thus we will never resort to anything that will hurt anyone in any corner of our country," said the maker.

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

Earlier, the SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar had said, "No actor or any character can equate himself with the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. Such an act is unpardonable."

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