Exclusive: Producer Asit Modi and actor Gurucharan Singh speak on Taarak Mehta's 'Sikh Guru Gobind Singh' controversy

The popular SAB TV sitcom faced backlash from the Sikh community over enactment of Sikh Guru Gobind Singh character by Gurucharan Singh

Exclusive: Producer Asit Modi and actor Gurucharan Singh speak on Taarak Mehta’s ‘Sikh Guru Gobind Singh’ controversy

The Indian television space is emerging as the new ground for controversies, of late. After Pehredaar Piya Ki storm hit the industry, leading to the show’s closure, now it’s the very popular comedy show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah (SAB TV and Neela Telefilms) which is facing the alleged objectionable content heat.

Media has reported about the show airing scenes wherein Gurucharan Singh aka Roshan Singh Sodhi was shown enacting the role of Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, which has irked the Sikh community calling it an act of ‘blasphemy’.

Thus, Sikh body The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Saturday demanded an immediate ban on the programme.

In a statement to the media, SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar said the serial had hurt the community by depicting a living character of tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, which was “against the Sikh tenets” (PTI).

IndianWikiMedia, to seek more information on the subject, spoke to Gurucharan who shared: “To begin with, no one in the Sikh community can ever enact Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, he is the ultimate guru of all of us. In the show, I depicted the role of Sikh Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa and my dialogues mention the same. The communication error happened when at the beginning of the show, at the credit title, mistakenly it showed Gurucharan Singh as Sikh Guru Gobind Singh and due to space issue the Khalsa word shifted down. Had this not happened all would have been fine.”

The actor further stated that he has spoken to the concerned persons and many have acceded to the folly. “I am hopeful that all will be well as we did not do anything wrong. I, being a Sikh, know that we are a peace loving community and can sort out issues via dialogue.”

Maker of the show, Asit Modi on his part said; “The intention is not to hurt anyone. Still if unknowingly we have caused harm, I apologise. I am willing to speak, co operate with anyone to solve the misunderstanding.”

Well, it’s a case of communication error, we guess, and we hope the dust settles soon and Taarak continues to entertain audience.

Keep reading IndianWikiMedia for more updates on the development.

(Inputs from Anil Merani and Siddhartha Laik)

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