The All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) has urged the clergy to take action against actor-producer Ajay Devgn. In a letter to Akal Takht (the highest temporal seat of the Sikh religion) head Gurbachan Singh, AISSF president Karnail Singh demanded action against Devgn for hurting the religious sentiments of Sikhs.
The AISSF chief had said in the film there are lines that say, "If Sikhs weren't there, then who would have invented abuses" and "If Sardar weren't there, then on whom would the jokes be made", which are very demeaning.
"My film Son of Sardar does not hurt anybody's sentiments. I'm from Punjab and I have a lot of respect for the community and culture as anyone else and the last thing I would do is to hurt anyone. In fact, I'm very proud of the community," Ajay said in a statement.
Ajay, whose roots are in Amritsar, insists that the film has been made under the guidance of knowledgeable people. "At no point you will find any element of disrespect. The protagonist of the film is a Sardar, so the film will showcase a very positive projection of the community. If you could just wait for the release and then come up with your comments and opinion. Trust me, we all will be proud of the film," Ajay said.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Navkiran Singh had also issued a legal notice in this regard to the makers of the film on August 16 and had asked them to delete the objectionable portion in the movie. The film, directed by Ashwini Dhir and starring Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla, among others, releases on November 13.