Makers of one of Indian television’s longest running sitcom ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma’ (TMKOC) have issued a clarification after the show was mired in a controversy featuring a living character of 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
Following this incident, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) said that it has hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community and demanded a ban on the sitcom.
“The serial had hurt the community by depicting a living character of 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, which was ‘against the Sikh tenets’. No actor or any character can equate himself with the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. Such an act is unpardonable,” SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar said.
However, giving a clarification on this controversy, ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma’ on its official Twitter handle said that Gurcharan Singh, who plays the character of Roshan Singh Sodhi in the ‘TMKOC’ in episode 2287, “was dressed up as Guru Gobind Singh Ji ka Khalsa. We request viewers to not misinterpret it in any other way.”
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
Gurcharan Singh Sodhi also issued a clarification on this issue and in a Facebook video said that he played as Guru Gobind Singh Ji ka Khalsa and not Guru Gobind Singh ji. There was a mistake in the disclaimer that described the role of the character in that particular episode where instead of putting as Guru Gobind Singh Ji ka Khalsa, there was Guru Gobind Singh ji.
Gurcharan further added that even when people will hear the dialogues, it can be guessed from it that I was playing Guru Gobind Singh Ji ka Khalsa, who was a devotee of his Guru and wants to help others.
Speaking in show’s defence, TMKOC producer and Creator Asit Kumarr Modi said that the mentioned character was of Guru Gobind Singh Ji Ka Khalsa, played by actor Roshan Singh Sodhi, and it has been ‘justified through the dialogues and performance.’
Roshan singh Sodhi became Guru Gobind singh Ji Ka Khalsa not 🙏🏻Guru Gobind singh.Please check his dialogues and the episodes. https://t.co/TitwKTBylu
— Asit Kumarr Modi (@AsitKumarrModi) September 17, 2017
‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma’ is India’s one of most popular TV sitcom which has been running successfully for 9 years now and has completed more than 2250 episodes.